September 10, 1990 |
A rebel group Sunday captured President Samuel K. Doe of Liberia, a State Department official said, adding that U.S. observers believe Doe was wounded during a fierce gun battle in Monrovia. "Our embassy has confirmed that he was captured," said the official, who asked not to be identified. Reports reaching Washington said that Doe was taken into custody by rebel Prince Yormie Johnson, who declared himself in charge of Liberia. The reports said Doe was wounded in both legs.
October 1, 1990 |
Liberia's nine-month trauma of conflict worsened when breakaway rebel leader Prince Johnson declared total war on main rebel leader Charles Taylor. Johnson also said he would attack remnants of the late President Samuel K. Doe's army in the presidential mansion. A six-day cease-fire in the civil war collapsed last week.
August 3, 1990 |
Rebels turned their backs on President Samuel K. Doe's troops and prepared to fight each other, a source close to guerrilla leader Prince Johnson said. Diplomats said the rivalry between Johnson and his foe, Charles Taylor, could prolong this West African nation's 7-month-old civil war for weeks. Johnson's fighters withdrew from key positions they have occupied in central Monrovia, leaving the capital open to renewed occupation by Doe's soldiers.
September 12, 1990 |
Surviving soldiers of slain Liberian President Samuel K. Doe bombarded rebels with cannons from the roof of the executive mansion in Monrovia. Two days after the coup led by Prince Johnson, one of two rival rebel leaders, shells exploded and gunfire crackled as rebel fighters scoured the city to flush out the holdouts, estimated to number about 230.
September 24, 1990 |
Two rival Liberian rebel commanders will meet Friday for U.S.-brokered peace talks aimed at ending that country's nine-month civil war, officials from the West African Economic Community said Sunday. Rebel leader Charles Taylor and his former ally Prince Johnson will meet in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for talks that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Herman Cohen arranged with the two men last week, according to the officials. A cease-fire has been in place since Saturday.
October 25, 1992 |
In a capital wrecked by rebels who sometimes wore Donald Duck masks and high heels, it seems fitting that Monrovia's rehabilitation has fallen to a sociologist in blue jeans. As mayor, 36-year-old Daniel Johnson inherited a city without water, electricity, sanitation or morale when the interim national government appointed him to the job last year. He and his staff of 1,000 keep the city running despite a nearly bankrupt federal government and a constant influx of refugees.