The nation of Liberia, which has a population of approximately 4 million, is located in western Africa and is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Atlantic Ocean. Liberia is one of the poorest nations in the world, ranked 174 out of 187 on the United Nations human development index. Approximately 83.8 percent of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day.

n the 1820s, the American Colonization Society began transporting freed slaves from the United States to the nation of Liberia for resettlement. As a result, tensions developed between the freed slaves, known as Americo-Liberians, and Liberia’s indigenous population. Despite making up only a small percentage of the population, the Americo-Liberians held political power until a military coup in ...

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