In the course of 1990, the Republic of Liberia virtually ceased to exist as a recognisable state. Beset by economic disaster and appallingly bad government, the state eventually collapsed in the face of a rebellion which, while overthrowing the regime of President (and former Sergeant) Samuel Doe, was unable to put any viable alternative in its place. Many thousands of Liberians died in the course of what became an indiscriminate slaughter, and probably over half of the survivors were reduced to the status of refugees, either within their own country or in neighbouring states. The intervention of a West African peacekeeping force helped to create some semblance of order in the shattered capital, Monrovia, while itself becoming an element in the wider problems of political and diplomatic reconstruction (see Chapter 12).
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