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Birth Certificate: A Vital Document Many Liberians Have Never Heard Of

Birth Certificate: A Vital Document Many Liberians Have Never Heard Of

Mary Twachekwa, 52, had no idea she needed a birth certificate to get a passport. “I have been asked to attend a church conference in America. I went to apply for a passport and they asked for my birth certificate. It was the first time I knew about the need for one.” Twachekwa is waiting […]

Liberia Must Pass Land Rights Bill Or Risk Jeopardising Peace, Campaigners Warn

Liberia Must Pass Land Rights Bill Or Risk Jeopardising Peace, Campaigners Warn

Liberia could be plunged back into conflict if a historic land rights bill is not passed by August, civil society groups have warned. The country’s legislature received a bill protecting community land rights in 2014 but has since been silent on the subject. There are concerns that the bill will not be passed under the […]

Are Liberian Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?

Are Liberian Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?

Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg has claimed that a Liberian woman is more likely to be married by 18 than to know how to read. The claim is not supported by recent data. “This is education in Liberia,” Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg wrote in The New York Times recently. “A […]

OPINION: Welcoming U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama – Behold a Renewed Hope for Liberia

OPINION:  Welcoming U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama – Behold a Renewed Hope for Liberia

Our great, but small nation under God’s command takes overwhelming pride in welcoming U.S First Lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her entire entourage to this sweet land of liberty. There is something profound about Liberia. We are a beautiful and green country with 43 percent of the remaining rainforest in West Africa. Liberia […]

Michelle Obama And Daughters To Stop Over In Liberia On June 27

Michelle Obama And Daughters To Stop Over In Liberia On June 27

Washington DC — Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia Obama are leaving dad behind, this summer, and heading overseas. The First Lady and her teenagers – along with Grandmother Marian Robinson – will travel to Liberia, Morocco and Spain at the end of June and into early July as part of the Let […]

Liberia After Ebola – Turning Midwives Into Surgeons

Liberia After Ebola – Turning Midwives Into Surgeons

Before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the country had a total of 50 doctors for its population of 4.3 million. In comparison, there are 50 doctors available to every 100,000 people in the US. This, taken together with Liberia’s extremely high maternal mortality rate, which sees three women dying every day, means […]

Investing In ​​Health Is Not​ Cheap, But It Is Not A Luxury Either

Investing In ​​Health Is Not​ Cheap, But It Is Not A Luxury Either

While Ebola, Zika and yellow fever may seem like distant threats to most people living in the developed world, the lessons from these global crises should resonate across health services in all countries. At the G7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan, and the world health assembly in Geneva this week, world leaders and health policymakers have […]

Liberia: ‘More Difficult Times Ahead’

Liberia: ‘More Difficult Times Ahead’

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has told Liberians to expect more difficult times within the next several months. The Liberian leader made the statement at ceremonies marking the first employees and farewell program of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for outgoing minister Amara Mohammed Konneh. “The biggest test is coming, because in the next several […]

Liberia: Foreign Minister Wants Unmil Presence

Liberia: Foreign Minister Wants Unmil Presence

Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has suggested that some form of United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) presence remains in the country until after the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. Ambassador Kamara told a US Foreign Relations Senate Committee delegation visiting the country that Liberians have been a little bit paranoia about UNMIL drawdown, and […]

An Africa first! Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention

An Africa first! Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention

IN January, Liberia’s minister of education made a far-reaching announcement, which nevertheless has largely flown under the radar – until now, when a top UN official has come out strongly in opposition to it. Liberian education Minister George Werner announced that the entire pre-primary and primary education system would be outsourced to Bridge International Academies to manage. The deal will […]