April 14, 1996 |
The United States has evacuated most Americans from Liberia, and the situation in the country's strife-torn capital is becoming calmer, U.S. officials said Saturday. At the same time, U.N. agencies reported that American military personnel have begun to help distribute food to areas beyond the U.S. Embassy compound in Monrovia, the capital.
August 8, 1990 |
Prince Johnson, one of two rebel leaders besieging the capital of Liberia, threatened Tuesday to attack a detachment of U.S. Marines unless the United States or another foreign country intervenes to halt the Liberian civil war. At the same time, a group of West African countries announced that they will send a joint military force into Liberia in an effort to end the conflict and set up an interim government. There was no indication of when the multilateral force will be organized.
November 1, 1992 |
Five American nuns engaged in humanitarian work in Liberia have been murdered, probably by rebels fighting one of Africa's grisliest wars, the State Department confirmed Saturday. The five, members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ who had been missing for more than a week, were shot in two separate incidents, according to Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Francis of Monrovia, the Liberian capital.
November 17, 1988
Two Americans jailed by Liberia for four months for their alleged role in a coup attempt last July were freed after President Samuel K. Doe ordered the charges dropped. Former Army Sgt. James Henry Bush, 40, a Vietnam War veteran from Raleigh, N.C., and William Elmer Curtis, 45, of Jersey City, N.J., said they plan to return to the United States today.
June 1, 1990 |
Rebel troops advanced to within 25 miles of the capital Thursday, and the Pentagon announced that a U.S. navy flotilla with more than 2,000 Marines is off Liberia in case American citizens need to be evacuated. Liberian President Samuel K. Doe refused to resign despite the advance of the insurgents, and he vowed to be the last person to leave the city. "Tough times never last. Tough people do," Doe told a group of foreign ambassadors, according to one envoy at the meeting.
April 28, 1990 |
Americans and other foreigners, heeding their governments' advice, began leaving Liberia on Friday to escape fighting between rebels and President Samuel K. Doe's army. The United States, British and other embassies advised their nationals to leave this West African country after an upsurge in rebel attacks this month. U.S. companies were winding down their operations. About 5,000 Americans and 200 Britons live in Liberia, a country founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847.