A two-hour eyewitness report on civil war in Liberia and the overthrow of President Charles Taylor
In covering a violent breaking news story in Liberia, National Geographicâ€™s team showed both courage and insight. Before and after the team was evacuated in a U.S. helicopter, they documented stories of massacres, divided families, armed rebel gangs and a humanitarian crisis that spilled over into Sierra Leone. The program provides meaningful context to the arrival of international peacekeepers, including U.S. Marines, by going back to Liberiaâ€™s founding by freed American slaves in 1847. Despite the horror and remoteness of the story to most American viewers, this program is a compelling example of the important role international coverage can play in informing an American audience.
Michael Davie, correspondent; Scott Bronstein, producer and writer; Pippa Gould, editor; Neil Barrett, cameraman; Margaret Burnette, John Goodman, senior producers; David Royle, executive producer.
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