During the fifteen-year (1989-2003) civil war, Liberians were reduced to a state of mind that inhibits hate in the minds of victims and revenge against those who carried out wanton mayhem against innocent civilians. The trauma and shock have left most Liberians scarred from the experiences and voiceless at the same time.
The youth of Liberia are the most venerable today in our society. According to official CIA world fact book statistics, the majority (77.4%+) of youths are poor and dependent on others for survival. Overall unemployment rates stands at 85% (2003 est).
With little or no skills and the lack of awareness programs, youths are the most vulnerable to the tramping’s of corruption, through which those with resources buy their loyalty and send them out in the streets to protest on a politician or political party whims.
(photo: A woman gets help from her daughter roasting corn to make ends meet)