Liberia. At a conference in New York in February, the UN,
the World Bank and a number of industrialized countries
pledged more than half a billion US dollars to the
reconstruction of Liberia.
Militarily, Liberia was relatively stable during the year,
thanks to the UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia)
force of about 15,000 men, of which a few hundred Swedes,
were able to gradually establish themselves throughout the
country and disarm the former warring groups. The
disarmament was declared completed on October 31, when about
70,000 people - of which about 15% children - had
registered. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Liberia is 5,057,692 people in 2020.
The number of people notified was significantly
higher than expected, but the mere handing in of 26,000
weapons gave rise to suspicions that a large number of
weapons had been hidden. Officially, however, the two former
rebel groups LURD and MODEL announced that they had
disbanded their military branches.
Politically, the transition process was slowed down by,
among other things, a prolonged leadership struggle within
the LURD, following internal disagreement over ministerial
posts, and the inability of the Provisional Parliament to
pass the laws required to organize general elections in
At the end of October, unrest broke out in the capital
Monrovia with at least 18 deaths. It was unclear what the
clashes between Christian and Muslim youth were due to, but
poverty, unemployment and lack of future faith were seen as
a reasonable explanation.