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Blurb Liberia

  1. 1. LIBERIA Lone Star Rising Photos by: Christopher Herwig
  2. 2. Liberia has come a long way since a has proven its resilience and determination 15,000 strong peacekeeping force was to emerge from conflict and create a lasting first deployed to the small West African peace. nation in 2003. The people of Liberia suffered through 14 years of civil unrest, The capital, Monrovia, was largely destroyed with more than 250,000 killed. The in the vicious fighting between Government country’s education and health systems and rebel forces and the looting that were shattered, and roads and power lines followed. Many rural villagers fled their destroyed. Hundreds of thousands were homes seeking safety in the capital. The displaced. In a country that was once the small city is now estimated to have more model for West African development it was than one million residents, many of whom almost impossible to escape the effects of live in the crowded slums on the edge of the one of the most gruesome civil conflicts in St Paul River. With farms abandoned Liberia recent history. has been importing most of its food for many years. Liberia is a small country on the very tip of the West African coast. With 16 distinct But things are changing. Buildings that were indigenous ethnic groups and a large riddled with bullet holes are being repaired population descended from freed slaves and painted; schools and hospitals that from the USA the population is small but were forced to close are reopening; and the extremely diverse. It is a population that streets are once again filling with people
  3. 3. buying and selling goods. Response Unit has been created to deal with serious crimes like armed robbery Farmers are returning to their land and murder. The Armed Forces of Liberia to grow the crops that can make the are also being rebuilt, a difficult task in a country self-sufficient, like rice, cassava country where the military has a history of and vegetables. With an abundance contributing to war. of resources including iron ore, gold and diamonds the mining industry “Liberia – Lone Star Rising” is a is set to become a cornerstone celebration of Liberia five years on from of the Government’s economic the end of the conflict. It is a glimpse development policies. Artisanal fishing into the lives of regular Liberians as is becoming more professional with they work towards long term peace and fishing communities employing new development. Under the guidance of a technologies to compete with large democratically elected Government led foreign-owned boats. by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female President in Africa, Liberia is heading for a The Liberian National Police Force, brighter future. disbanded after the war ended, is being rebuilt, and will gradually gain credibility - Carly Learson in the eyes of citizens. A new Emergency
  4. 4. Shipping vessel in trouble along an isolated stretch of Grand Bassa’s coast Suburb of Monrovia near Bushrod Island
  5. 5. Around Rally Time Market, downtown Monrovia Red Light, Monrovia
  6. 6. A remote village in Grand Bassa County
  7. 7. Football during the rainy season in central Monrovia Main highway through Bong County
  8. 8. Monrovia was the landing point for freed slaves from the USA in the 1800s. Throughout much of the 20th century the city was a model for the rest of Africa, with impressive infrastructure and a port that exported timber, rubber and minerals. But civil unrest in the 1980s and 90s had a devastating effect. The bridge linking the city with the port was the scene of fighting between Charles Taylor’s Government forces and LURD rebels, with civilians caught in the crossfire. With few buildings left without scars and its roads and infrastructure destroyed, the city, and its population, has slowly been recovering. The markets are thriving, the port is once again operational, and new businesses are opening. Monrovia is again becoming a centre for business in Liberia and the region.
  9. 9. Amputee Footballl in Monrovia Liberia 3 Rwanda 2
  10. 10. Member of the all female Indian UN Police unit providing security at a football game Fans celebrate as Liberia takes a shot on net against Rwanda
  11. 11. Street barber Unionized wheelbarrow workers
  12. 12. Customized wheelbarrows grilling meat for sale “Saywah - Saywah” “anything can happen” “no food for lazy man”
  13. 13. Squatter in an abanonded building in Monrovia “No Die No Rest” written on the wall
  14. 14. Young man studying by a street light in Monrovia
  15. 15. Taxis dodging potholes in central Monrovia Road construction workers, Lofa County
  16. 16. Liberia is incredibly rich in resources, including timber, rubber, iron ore, gold and diamonds. Development of these resources will be central to Liberia’s economic revitalization and development. Small scale mining is taking place, but workers use basic equipment – shovels and back hoes. Many Liberians make their income through agriculture – growing rice or cassava, or raising chickens or goats, generally following traditional methods. Rubber tapper, Bong County Swamp fishing, Bong County
  17. 17. Atlantic Fisheries Hauling in fishing nets, West Point
  18. 18. Rice farming, Margibi County Cassava farm owned by a local women’s collective, Nimba County
  19. 19. Diamond dealer, Monrovia Gold mine, Weajue, Grand Cape Mount County
  20. 20. Factional alliances cemented during the civil war, and a complete breakdown of law and order destroyed the credibility of the Liberian Police and Armed Forces. With the peace agreement and the election of the new Government, most of the justice and security sectors were dismantled, and had to be rebuilt from scratch. Crime is still prevalent throughout the country, but the Liberia National Police (LNP) continues to progress and become stronger. A new Emergency Response Unit has been trained to deal with dangerous crime and address breakdowns in law and order, caused by unrest or mob violence. While prisons remain overcrowded, and there are often long waits for inmates between being charged and going to court, some credibility is being restored to the justice system. A dispute over back pay at ELWA Junction, Monrovia Liberian National Police recruits in training
  21. 21. Morning exercises at Liberian National Police training academy An LNP Officer patrols the streets on Old Road, Monrovia
  22. 22. Members of the Emergency Response Unit search for weapons and drugs Drug den inside a looted grave in central Monrovia
  23. 23. Campaign to combat gender-based violence A clinic giving support to rape victims
  24. 24. Judge Munah C. Sio, Temple of Justice, Monrovia Inmates at Sanniquellie Prison, Nimba County
  25. 25. United Nations Peacekeepers on patrol by land and air
  26. 26. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf addresses supporters at Unity Party Headquarters Women celebrate the anniversary of the election of Africa’s first female President
  27. 27. Women in Peacebuilding Program (WIPNET) ‘Daily Talk’ is updated with the latest news
  28. 28. Village graffiti
  29. 29. After the disruption of the war, many who fled to Monrovia are now returning to the rural villages they left behind. With more people growing their own food, the country is becoming less dependent on imports. Sapo National Park is the largest protected rainforest in West Africa. However, the rare species of plants and animals are being threatened by illegal mining in the park.
  30. 30. Skills training for ex-combatants, Lofa County Adult literacy class, Nimba County
  31. 31. Sapo National Park Chimpanzee
  32. 32. Fistula operations at JFK Hospital, Monrovia Roadside herbalist
  33. 33. Survey of early childhood development A village elder with some of her 30 grandchildren, Nimba County
  34. 34. A baby at St. Francis Hospital’s maternal and child health unit in Children in Bong County making gravel Cestos City
  35. 35. Schools have reopened, and a generation of children who have never known war are now attending classes. Enrolment rates have increased dramatically, but there are still more boys than girls attending – girls are often kept at home to work for their families. The challenges facing Liberia – poor roads and other infrastructure, the tropical climate and widespread poverty – hit children the hardest. Students at an Islamic school, Bushrod Island, Monrovia School children eating lunch, Bong County
  36. 36. A cultural group performs traditional dancing, Sapo National Park An abandoned car becomes a rubbish dump, Monrovia
  37. 37. Children play amongst a wrecked ship, Point Four Beach, Monrovia Liberia has emerged from a long, vicious war to become relatively safe and secure. Now the challenge is to rebuild and develop industries, consolidate gains in law enforcement and justice, and focus on educating and nurturing the nation’s next generation. Much progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go before Liberia and its people reach their potential.
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