Liberia is a West African nation with a population of 4.1 million. Christianity, Islam and indigenous African beliefs constitute the main religions. Its history is overshadowed by years of civil wars in the 1990s and its role in a rebellion in neighboring Sierra Leone.
About 250,000 people were killed in Liberia’s civil war and many thousands were maimed whilst many more thousands fled the country. Liberia is not insulated from terrorism. Remnants of the mercenary and militia culture that characterised the civil wars are still present in the political expression of the nation. The pervasive and persistent corruption, impunity, illiteracy and unemployment puts security in a precarious state for the nation.