Harper – At World’s End

Nowhere is the post-Apocalyptic atmosphere of Harper, in southern Liberia, felt more than in ex-President William Tubman's burnt-out presidential residence. Once a striking mansion sat on top of the hill overlooking the sweeping lush green cape, it now stands as a shadowy, derelict wreck. Destroyed by frenzied rebels in the civil war and left to... Continue Reading →

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Harper – The Forgotten City

On Africa's western shores, where huge Atlantic breakers roll onto Liberia's jungle-covered beaches, Harper sits like a forgotten city in the Deep-South of the country. Its previous splendour now faded away into the landscape, it's as if the Apocalypse has been and gone, and tenacious human life has returned to live in the ruins of... Continue Reading →

Fieldwork

For the last week, I’ve been based out of the bustling capital Monrovia, accompanying the Street Child social workers and the Family Business Scheme teams on their daily activities, putting together reports and stories from their work. For both of these groups, they work out in the field full time, travelling between schools and the... Continue Reading →

New President. New Hope.

‘My fellow Liberians, let not the splendor of these ceremonies, nor the celebration of electoral victory, make us forget how we arrived at this moment. We have arrived here on the blood, sweat, tears, and suffering of so many of our citizens, too many of whom died, longing for real freedom and equality. So that... Continue Reading →

Distribution Missions – Margibi

After the distribution assignment in Cape Mount County last week, this week we set off for the second cluster of Street Child supported schools in Margibi County, working out of the field base in Kakata. In contrast to the jungly landscape of Cape Mount, Margibi is home to the enormous Firestone rubber tree plantation, stretching... Continue Reading →

Distribution Missions – Cape Mount

Wednesday morning last week, we left on our first assignment outside of Monrovia, headed for the county Cape Mount, a jungly landscape in the northern interior of the country, about three hours away by car. The aim of the trip was distributing the latest batch of learning materials to the students and monitoring the rural... Continue Reading →

Liberian Life – 2

The Monrovian roadside markets are hectic, especially Red Light, the huge gateway market you usually have to pass through to enter the city, and West Point, a sprawling warren of narrow streets, located in one of Liberia’s toughest slums, where the tarmac is slowly losing a battle to the encroaching stalls on all sides. Throughout... Continue Reading →

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