From the Archive
10 Years Since the End of the Second Liberian Civil War
August 16, 2013
by Tim Hetherington
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War. The conflict began in 1999 when Guinean-backed rebels began operating in the north of the country. After four years of fighting and at least 150,000 deaths, President Charles Taylor was forced to resign, thus allowing a democratic government to assume control.
In 2009, Umbrage Editions published Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold, a collection of Tim Hetherington’s photographs and essays that documented the 2003 civil war in Liberia. He and colleague James Brabazon were the only journalists to live behind rebel lines—a situation that earned them an execution order from Charles Taylor.