Committees: General Assembly
Subject: Post-War Humanitarian Aid
Sponsered by: Liberia
Recongnizing that Liberia, a nation founded on the promise of liberty, has been ravaged by a civil war that lasted fourteen
years, it's obvious the country is in great need. Starting in 1989, the rebellion against Samuel K. Doe, who was known for
imprisoning or executing his opposition, evolved into a bloody battle between the government and groups such as the Independent
National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL); After Doe's assassination in 1990, it seemed the war had ended; but fighting
only continued when the INPFL attacked Monrovia; Transitional governments failed in their attempts to halt the violence during
the following years.
Further recognizing that in Monrovia alone, there are one million Liberians are struggling to survive despite their lack
of necessities. Considering it's current conditions, the nation's capitol has been described as a "living hell".
Over one third of the population suffers from malnutrition. Liberia's electricity has been down nation-wide for 15 years.
As UN officials have commented: "The conflict has left the country in ruins and reduced its three million citizens to
amoung the most impoverished in the world." (U.N. Will...).
Aware that 80% of the nation is below the poverty line and 85% are unemployed, Liberia is in need of great assistance
(CIA World Factbook). One in ten infants under age two suffer from acute malnutrition. The World Food Program estimated that
during the first half of this year alone the nation will fall 10,300 tons short in the amount of food need to feed those who
are starving (WFP).
Noting the upcoming election, Monrovia needs help in supporting the new government in order to ensure it doesn't meet
the same end that the failed governments of the last few decades have. The countries electricity and water systems have been
out of use since 1990. Corruption is widespread, including the theft of a generator meant to power the police headquarters.
While it's not within the UN's reach to fund the restoration of the entire country's electricity, we must at least give this
new government the resources it needs to start healing this crippled nation.
We ask that the U.N help lessen the severities of this post-war humanitarian crisis by:
1. Giving $32,000,000 to avert the hunger crisis. This amount is based on the World Food Programme's estimate for 2005
2. $13 million in funding for the restoration of the Monrovia's electricity.
3. $12 million to go toward the rehabilitation of Monrovia's water system.
With a total of $57 million, the United Nation's can make a leap toward liberating Liberia from the restraints of conflict,
poverty, and destruction.
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