August 1996

West Africa: Working Amid Chaos and Death

Volume 79, Issue 8

Even a seasoned combat veteran would cringe at some of the stories told by refugees at the Evacuation Control Center (ECC) in the American Embassy compound, Monrovia, Liberia.

A nine-man detachment from the Marine Service Support Group, 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit processes evacuees fleeing from the ethnic fighting that has killed thousands and destroyed the capital city of Monrovia during this latest bout of fighting in a six-year-old civil war.

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