Current situation of Krahns in Liberia. [LBR9025]

conflict, political conflict; ethnic conflict;
displaced persons; Liberia
According to information provided by the United States
Committee for Refugees (10 July 1991), most members of the Krahn
ethnic group who could leave Liberia did so after the fall of
Samuel Doe. When the Doe regime fell, rebels retaliated against
the Krahns, particularly in the Grand Gedeh County from which
most Krahns come from (Ibid.). This prompted a large number
of Krahns to flee to Cote d'Ivoire, and very few have returned
since then. Some soldiers of the armed forces of Doe's government
and their relatives, possibly numbering a few thousand, are still
in Monrovia (Ibid.). They live in army barracks and are
allowed to circulate in Monrovia, although wearing civilian
clothes and without weapons. The source added that among those
who fled Liberia, the Krahns are likely to be the last to return
A researcher from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
indicated that the Krahns were a main target of rebel retaliation
after Samuel Doe's fall (10 July 1991). At present, most rebels
apparently have been disarmed. Few abuses have been reported in
the Monrovia area, with most reports of abuses coming from other
parts of the country (Ibid.).
Additional and/or corroborating information on the requested
subject could not be found among the sources currently available
to the IRBDC.

United States Committee for Refugees, Washington, D.C.. 10 July

1991. Telephone Interview with Associate.
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York. 10 July 1991.
Telephone Interview with Researcher.