Heritage (Monrovia)

12 December 2013

Liberia: We Must Not Undermine Our Peace and Stability

editorial

Before the outbreak of Liberia's bloody armed conflict in 1989, the country was regarded as one of the most peaceful nations 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 the fallen former South African President Nelson Mandela, 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 Liberia's successive postwar leaders to demonstrate high degree of transparency and accountability of the country meager 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 engulfed the Liberian nation.

Interesting, however, latest developments suggest that with the level of improved security and peace brought via the 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 and Chinese Governments as well as 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. These development efforts appear 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 efforts aimed at consolidating peace and stability thereby enhancing the reconstruction drive of our country, which few years back, was considered a 'failed state'.

To this end, we must do nothing to undermine the peace and stability here.

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