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Title:Building & sustaining stability in Lofa County, Liberia
Author:Temin, JonathanISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:ethnic relations
political stability
Abstract:In the series of wars fought since Charles Taylor began his insurgency in 1989, Lofa - wedged between Guinea and Sierra Leone and a day's drive from Liberia's capital Monrovia - has frequently been a primary battleground. This briefing is based on one month spent in eastern Lofa County in 2004. It describes the current situation and identifies challenges to stability and reconstruction likely to arise in the near future, some of which may threaten the national-level peace and reconciliation process. Lofa residents often speak of two conflicts that devastated the county over the past 14 years: besides the national conflict there is a more localized 'tribal' conflict primarily pitting people of Mandingo ethnicity, the majority of whom are Muslim, against people from the Lorma and Kpelle ethnic groups, both generally Christian. Major threats to stability include 'tribalism' and intermarriage; land disputes; ex-combatant dissatisfaction; leadership concerns; retribution and retaliation; and instability in Guinea. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]