Conflict timber in Liberia's civil war
Podcast |
Witness
Publisher |
BBC
Media Type |
audio
Podknife Tags |
History
Society & Culture
Categories Via RSS |
History
Publication Date |
Sep 12, 2019
Episode Duration |
00:12:31
How the timber industry fuelled a brutal civil war in West Africa. In the late 1990s, timber companies worked closely with Liberia's warlord-turned-president, Charles Taylor. In return for money and support for his militias, the regime allocated huge swathes of the country's valuable rainforest to timber companies for logging. A group of young Liberians started to document what was happening. Alex Last has been speaking to the award winning activist, Silas Siakor, whose work led to a UN ban on Liberian timber exports. (Photo: Timber near Buchanan in LIberia in 2010. Credit: Getty Images)

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