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A Shadowy Kind of War Still Grips Liberia's Countryside

“There are thousands of us coming down the road,” said George J. Foday Sr., a high school English teacher turned terrified refugee. “Many thousands, and thousands more behind us.” Mr. Foday, 59, said he had been hiding in the bush for two weeks, and he looked it. Today, he walked nearly 20 miles from his home in the Liberian countryside, fleeing the sounds of gunfire and rumors of war. He planned to walk 82 miles more to Monrovia, the capital. He and countless others in Bong County, the heart of this bloodied nation, are now among some 750,000 — of a population of perhaps three million — who have been driven from their homes by war. Some have been rousted many times over. So when people hear shooting, as Mr. Foday did this early morning, they do not wait for confirmation that rebels and government militias are fighting anew. They flee. Full Story

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