In late October 2015, tension began seeping into Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. One day, while passing through Congo Town, a relatively well-off neighborhood, I noticed crowds gathering as heavily armored members of the National Police Emergency Response Unit followed a woman. She was a whirlwind of activity, pointing, yelling, and directing crews wielding sledgehammers and crowbars through an informal marketplace. Mary Broh was at it again.
Determined to clear city sidewalks of all vendors and structures, Broh orders the removal of a permanent cement trashcan located on the sidewalk in the city center.
Without advance notice or warning of Taskforce activities, a boy in Jallah Town attempts to remove his drying laundry before it is lost in the destruction.
The Presidential Taskforce on City Beautification breaks down a shop stall in jallah Town prior to the official beginning of its mandate.
The Taskforce found marijuana and pipes in one of the homes destroyed during a drug raid in Saye Town in Sinkor.
The Taskforce conducted a drug raid in Saye Town in Sinkor where they detained at least 18 people, destroying multiple residences and shop stalls around an alleged drug den, leaving about a dozen residents homeless. Terrified detainees were bound extremely tightly with yellow ropes. Complaints, crying, or rebuttal were answered with a beating by a stick.
Jallah Town residents living by the Mesurado River cleared the rubble from Perry Isaac’s homes, collecting the debris to build up the shoreline. Now the neighborhood is lined with broken structures where residents attempt to rebuild or relocate.