A U.N. peacekeeper prepares a truckload of Ebola relief aid in 2014 in Harbel, Liberia. The presence of U.N. forces helped stabilize Liberia after civil war, Kinzinger and Cicilline write. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)
On March 30, peacekeepers from the United Nations lowered their flag in Liberia, ending a 15-year mission to stabilize the country after its vicious civil war. The end of the United Nations Mission in Liberia is one indication of the positive transitions happening in the West African nation and the real potential for a lasting peace.
The brutal history of Liberia’s power struggle is well-known to the world, and it has become a lesson on resilience. For decades, Liberians have been oppressed by brutal warlords and violent factions within the once-democratic government. Following the Cold War, the country became infamous for its child soldiers and wars that left 250,000 dead and millions of people displaced.