Liberia in Context
Liberia is located in West Africa and is neighboured by Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire. The current population is estimated at 4.4 million, of which 48% are children.
Liberia means "Land of the Free". It became a Republic in 1847 and retained its independence during the colonization period. Over 30 years of democratic rule was disrupted by the 1980 coup d'état, first Liberian civil war from 1990-1997 and a second civil war from 1999-2003. After 14 years of internal conflict, Liberia emerged as a failed state in 2003.
The prevailing peace and stability in Liberia can be attributed to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in Accra, Ghana in September 2003. The presence of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeeping force and police force has also contributed to the overall stable political situation, although it remains fragile.
UNICEF in Liberia
UNICEF is a key partner to the Government of Liberia. With its mandate, knowledge, country presence and operational capacities, UNICEF supports the Government and works with other UN agencies and partners to bring about change and help every child reach their full potential.