The Liberian Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in Africa taking away the lives of more than 200,000 lives and leaving over a million others in refugee camps in nearby countries. The war started December 24th, 1989 when a group of Libyans led by Charles Taylor invaded Liberia on the Ivory Coast. The group got support from locals quickly because of their common dislike in the government at the time. The government was lead by Sergeant Samuel Doe. But when he declared himself president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf a worker in the former government, The True Whig Party returned and ran against him. Once he was elected there was an increase in human abuse corruption, and ethnic tension.
Liberian troops were then sent to Nimba County to counter the attacks of rebellious citizens. The troops though did more bad than good they shoot everyone without checking if they were fighting or not. When that was over Charles Taylor led his group, which includes child soldiers against the government and other military powers on the streets. They had a long gruesome battle. From December 1989 through Mid-1993 his group was responsible for killing thousands of people. By June 1990, less than six months since Charles Taylor first entered Liberia his group was at the Monrovia the capital.
In 1990 the Economic Community of West Africa States got in between Charles Taylor capturing Monrovia. Then Prince Johnson a former member of Taylor's group formed the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia and he and his forces captured and killed Doe. Then an Interim Government of National Unity was formed in Gambia under the Economic Community of West African States in 1990. But Taylor and his group didn't want to work with the October 1990. But Taylor and his group didn't want to work with the interment government and kept fighting. On July 19, 1997 special election took place and Charles Taylor emerged victorious.
Taylor was President for six years and lives of Liberians were still not improved over 75% of Liberians were unemployed and illiterate. Important resources were not available to all the country some places didnít even have water or electricity. Then because the government was still bad people rebelled two big groups were the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia. Most of the people were allies that took down Doe. In July 2003 all sides signed a cease-fire but no side respected it. By August 11, 2003 Taylor resigned because of pressure from the US and internationally and left to Nigeria.