About 70 people who fled fighting between LURD rebels and forces loyal to Charles Taylor took refuge in Monrovia's Masonic Temple. Local legend holds that Americo-Liberians, those freed slaves sent to live in Africa by Americans during the nineteenth century, held human sacrifice rituals in the building. Despite their fears, these internally-displaced people (IDPs) moved in because they had nowhere else to go. The ongoing conflict in Liberia intensified in March 2003 when rebels opposed to the government of Charles Taylor gained territory across much of the country. In August 2003 Taylor agreed to hand over power to an interim government and went into exile, which led to the signing of a peace agreement.