Young rebel fighter and a hand grenade. © Tim Hetherington


“In “Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold”, Tim Hetherington explores the dynamics of power, international complicity, and the search for justice in recent Liberian history. Hetherington and colleague James Brabazon were the only journalists to live behind rebel lines—a situation that earned them an execution order from then-president Charles Taylor.” —Magnum Photos

LURD fighters in the midst of a march in the streets. © Tim Hetherington


A member of the Anti-Aircraft brigade exchanges a few tender words with his girlfriend during a heavy fight in the capital. © Tim Hetherington


LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy) forces with one of their trucks. © Tim Hetherington


Civilians fleeing as LURD rebels fire at them to stop looting during the attack on the capital. © Tim Hetherington



A LURD fighter has his back sewn up by medics at a battlefield clinic during the attack on Monrovia. © Tim Hetherington




“Long Story Bit by Bit" brings an extraordinary range of characters to life. Hetherington’s story begins in the rainforest while living with a rebel army during the 2003 battle for Monrovia. During this time he became fascinated by the dynamics of power unraveling in Liberia: from the raw force wielded by young men of rebel groups to the corrupt authority of transitional governments, juxtaposed with the possibilities of a democratically elected president. —Goodreads


Young fighter shows off his nail polish. © Tim Hetherington


Women married to fighters from LURD bring rockets and ammunition to a UN disarmament point. © Tim Hetherington


Liberians trapped on the Guinean-Malian border, having fled Liberia during the war, are met by relatives on their return home. © Tim Hetherington


Ex-combatant, who was recruited to fight for Charles Taylor’s forces, poses for a portrait. He was caught during the war by LURD rebel forces, who cut his hands off and sent him back to the capital. © Tim Hetherington