Liberia/Sierra Leone (March 1994)
by Humanitarian Practice Network March 1994

The civil war in Liberia and the fluid security situation in neighbouring Sierra Leone have created almost 3 million internally displaced/refugees with spontaneous repatriations occurring to newly liberated areas and further displacement caused by movements of front-lines.

The estimated numbers of refugees/displaced are:

  • Liberia: 1,750,000
  • Sierra Leone: 300,000
  • Côte d’Ivoire: 250,000
  • Guinea: 600,000

The condition of these populations varies with some areas experiencing high rates of malnutrition. Overall, the security situation appears to be deteriorating rather than stabilising.