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Conflict in Liberia

In the 1820s African slaves who had been freed from the United States settled in Liberia. There were already many different tribes in the country. The new arrivals and the locals struggled to gain power.

The new settlers became the government. In 1980 the president was killed and one local group took over power. Other tribes didn't like what the new government was doing. Fighting broke out between the government and the rebels.

An African peacekeeping force arrived to keep things safe. In 1997, elections were held and Charles Taylor, from one of the rebel groups, became president. But he was causing trouble in neighbouring countries. In 2003, he was forced to leave the country by other rebel groups. Taylor's deputy, Moses Blah, became the new leader. Today, fighting continues.