In Liberia, a brutal civil war killed thousands and forced millions to flee. More than a million Liberians – about a third of the population – were forced from their homes by the 14-year war.
In 2005, as the violence subsided, CVT moved with returning refugees from refugee camps in Guinea to provide community-based mental health services in Monrovia, the country’s capital, and Bong County. In 2006, we expanded to Lofa County in northern Liberia, an area almost entirely depopulated during the war.
In Liberia, CVT was the only provider of in-depth mental health services for survivors of torture and war trauma in Liberia. We provided small group and individual counseling for 4,192 women, men and children in Liberia.
CVT worked in Liberia from 2005 until 2008. Our work was funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.