NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia — In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country’s 14-year civil war are finally fading. Ethnic tensions have calmed, bombed buildings are being rebuilt and the economy is showing modest growth.
But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war, and even after a decade of peace they are crippling people this small African nation.
“When I think about the war I just cry,” said 29-year-old Nimba resident Mike Otis Myers. “I survived, so I’m lucky. But when I think about what happened I feel so bad.”