Monrovia Church massacre

Monrovia Church massacre
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St. Peter's Lutheran Church in 2012
Monrovia Church massacre is located in Liberia
Monrovia Church massacre
Monrovia Church massacre (Liberia)
LocationSinkor, Monrovia, Liberia
Coordinates06°17′30″N 10°46′48″W / 06°17′30″N 10°46′48″W / 6.29167; -10.78000
Date29 July 1990
TargetCivilian population
Attack type
Massacre
WeaponsMachine guns, machetes
Deathsapproximately 600
PerpetratorsArmed Forces of Liberia

The Monrovia Church massacre, also referred to as the St. Peter's Lutheran Church massacre, was the worst single atrocity of the First Liberian Civil War. Approximately 600 civilians were killed at the church in the Sinkor section of Monrovia on 29 July 1990. The massacre was carried out by approximately 30 government soldiers loyal to President Samuel Doe. The perpetrators were of Doe's Krahn tribe while most of the victims were from the Gio and Mano tribes, which were in support of the rebels.

Background

The First Liberian Civil War lasted from 1989 until 1997. By mid-1990, two rival factions of rebel fighters advanced on the Liberian capital Monrovia and President Samuel Doe was hiding out in his executive mansion near the seaside.[1][2][3]

At night, government soldiers patrolled the streets of those parts of Monrovia still under government control in search for people from Nimba County, the area the rebellion had started in, beating and killing men and engaging in looting. In search for safety, approximately 2,000 people[2] had taken refuge in the St. Peter's Lutheran Church.[1]

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