Liberia has maintained a fragile peace since the end of the civil war in 2003. With the re-election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for a second term, there is hope that peace will last and development will continue, and that the country will be able to recover from nearly 2 decades of war.
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|Population:||4,092,310 (July 2014 est.)|
|Size:||42,999 sq. mi.; slightly larger than Tennessee|
CRS initially provided emergency assistance after the start of the civil war. While the presidential election of 1997 brought Charles Taylor to power, the civil conflict continued in outlying counties and eventually arrived in the capital, Monrovia, during the summer of 2003. Charles Taylor went into exile that August, and a transitional government was put into place in October. Soon after, warring factions laid down their arms after 14 years of conflict.
The Catholic Church, CRS Liberia and international donor agencies continue to work on emergency programming and have begun implementing development projects.