children were being brought to orphanages to swell numbers or
where families ties could be identified, efforts to reunite the
'orphans' with their families were thwarted in fear of losing
many of these 'orphans' actually had fathers, they were just
unknown, as their father's had been peacekeepers at the end of
the war who got thousands of women pregnant then left Liberia at
the end of the conflict, unaware or disinterested in their
Although the orphanages were poorly equipped both physically and
staff wise, they often offered a better alternative than living
on the streets, where an estimated 1500 children, some as young
a four years old, ended up at the end of the war, with their
numbers swelled by a further 1845 who worked on the streets but
returned home at night.
There is another group of
Liberian orphans, those left orphaned by HIV/AIDS. This number
is estimated to be around 15,000 although some put the figure
much higher at 36,000.According to UNICEF as of 2009 there were
a total of 340,000 Liberian orphans; this out of a total
child population of some 1,878,000 and a country of just three and a half million people ~ that's around one orphan to be
supported by nine other citizens in what's already one of the
in the world.
This video provides insights into the lives of Liberian orphans today
and the work being undertaken with them by the aid agencies.
You can help
when you sponsor a children in Liberia by checking out our
Liberian child sponsor page above.