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Objects in the Mirror The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 4 2017

In 1980, a couple years before Shedrick Yarkpai was born, a master sergeant named Samuel Doe led a coup against Liberian president William Tolbert Jr., executing Tolbert and his entire cabinet. In 1990 Doe was executed in his turn by forces under the command of Charles Taylor. Yarkpai was a child at that point, living with his mother in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. There followed a civil war that's reported to have displaced a million people and killed anywhere from 200,000 to 600,000. (By comparison, it's estimated that the Syrian civil war has so far killed about 400,000.) That lasted until 1997, when Yarkpai was a teenager. A second civil war began in 1999, ending in 2003 with the resignation of Taylor, who escaped into exile despite indictments against him for crimes against humanity. Continue reading >>

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