Before the outbreak of Liberia's bloody armed conflict in 1989, the country was regarded as one of the most peaceful nation and a beacon of hope on the African Continent. The unprecedented armed conflict, which lasted for over a decade, was occasioned by the wanton destruction of thousands of human lives and infrastructures as well as the displacement of over one million people.
As a result of insecurity and fear created by the political brouhaha, the once peaceful Liberian nation, which yesteryears paid host to several pioneers of African redemption, including former South African President Nelson Mendela, forfeited many development packages from most, if not all civilized nations, particularly the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and others.
The situation was further compounded by the inability of the country successive postwar leaders to demonstrate high degree of transparency and accountability of meager its resources.
Considering the hostile environment of the Liberian nation during the war era, these civilized nations feared that investing enormously in the reconstruction of the country would have been worthless.
Nevertheless, few countries including the United Nations contributed to the reconstruction of the country. But most of these development objectives were one way or the other thwarted due to the intermittent conflicts that engulf the Liberian nation.
Interesting, however, latest development suggest that with the level improved security and peace brought via diligent efforts of the international community coupled with the ushering in of a democratically re-elected government, many inhabitants of the Liberian nation have since begun rebuilding their shattered lives without harassment and intimidation as experienced during the war days.
The United Nations, United States Government and donor countries from Europe are heavily leading the reconstruction campaign of Liberia.
This is evident by the reconstruction of public schools, hospitals, clinics, markets etc in nearly all of the fifteen (15) counties. This development effort appears to be predicated upon the presence of peace and stability in the country.
The reconstruction is contingent on the level of peace and stability in the country.
This is why it is important for all well-meaning Liberians, both home and abroad, to join effort aimed at consolidating peace and stability thereby enhancing the reconstruction drive of our country, which few years back, was considered a 'failed state'.