The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Suffering by the day

Liberian Lutherans ward off death for new refugees

Renewed fighting forced more than 50,000 Liberians — mostly Lutherans — to flee their homes and settle in camps near the capital of Monrovia. War between government troops and those of the Liberia United for Reconstruction and Development began last fall in Voinjama on the border of Liberia and the Republic of Guinea. Led by Sekou Konneh, the rebels are trying to unseat President Charles Taylor, who took office in August 1997.

Lorpu Flomo, 51, first spotted the rebels when she arrived for work Oct. 26 at her rice farm in Voinjama. The member of Morris Officer Lutheran Parish had no idea that her town was under rebel control.

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