Against a backdrop of shelling, gunfire and looting in Liberia's capital, MSF teams on the ground report a rising toll of civilian casualties. On Monday alone, MSF teams in Monrovia treated more than 155 wounded and reported 13 deaths. For the third time in less than two months, tens of thousands of displaced Liberian civilians are again on the run seeking refuge in stadiums, abandoned buildings and homes in the capital.
In a 28-page report entitled "Liberian Stories"
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"While discussions of an international intervention in Liberia drag on, hundreds of thousands of Liberians continue to be caught in wave after wave of violence," stated MSF operational director Christopher Stokes. "There is not a single fully functioning hospital in the whole of Liberia. Six weeks ago, humanitarian organizations had access to only a quarter of the country. That access has now been even further reduced to just a few square kilometers in one neighborhood of Monrovia.