Liberia was founded in 1822 as a settlement for freed slaves from the US and was proclaimed independent in 1847. Indigenous peoples form the majority of the population. In 1980, the predominant Liberian-American elite was overthrown in a coup, and a civil war began in 1990, ending with a ceasefire in 1996. A second civil war (1999–2003) resulted in a traditional government backed by the UN
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- To add insult to injury, Alice now lives with her mother and siblings in a tiny corner of the country's largest football stadium, now home to over 50,000 displaced Liberians.
- Liberian Independence Day is July 26, and most of these Liberians say they've lost family and fortune in Liberia's more than 14 years of conflict.
- Voters enthusiastically supported their favorite candidates, and there was plenty to celebrate as Liberians went peacefully to the polls in October and November.
from Latin liber 'free'.
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