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Red Flags for Press Freedom in Liberia

In Liberia, hard-won press freedom is being eroded. Government threats to the media in the aftermath of World Press Freedom Day have..

May 17, 2013

Bushmeat Trade Thrives on Endangered Species, but Creates Livelihoods

Liberia is not known for its wildlife. While in other African countries, monkeys and other mammals small and large are frequently observed,..

April 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

The trauma of war

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

The fixer

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

A miracle in the bush

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

A close call in Liberia

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Bereft and Forsaken: The Old Folks Home in Buchanan

Family ties bind strongly in Liberia, and when people grow old they often live with sons, daughters or other relatives who look after them..

March 27, 2013 with 0 Comments

Schools and Clinics Fail to Meet Needs in Remote Liberian County

  In Liberia’s hinterland, a constellation of issues makes effective delivery of health care and education difficult and in some..

February 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in 'Burning Time' Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in ‘Burning Time’ Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Motorbike-taxi Curfew Said to Violate Constitutional Right

Because the vast majority of Liberians can’t afford personal vehicles, and public transportation is virtually non-existent, people..

February 7, 2013 with 0 Comments

Raped girl dies after years of suffering

While the world’s attention and outrage was focused on India, where a student had been gang-raped in December and would eventually..

January 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Building economic development one wave at a time

In much of the developing world, particularly in countries with a beautiful coastline, tourists flock from all over the world to experience..

January 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Fighting for Equality in the Newsroom: Editor Wade Williams

FrontPage Africa’s newsroom editor learned at a conference in Zambia that the gender barriers she’s experienced in..

December 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Media and 16 Days of Activism Against SGBV

More than 40 journalists were trained on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and sensitive reporting in the Liberian capital of..

December 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Liberia's Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

Liberia’s Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

No sex for grades!

 The JHR Student Chapter in Liberia organized a forum on “sexual exploitation” at the Muslim Congress High School in Monrovia. Around..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

LIVELY, CYNICAL, INTERESTING…. LIBERIA!

Not much is known about Liberia these days. For some reason, my friends think I came to Libya. Liberia/ Libya… you tell me! I am not new..

November 29, 2012 with 0 Comments

Football, no matter what

Where there’s a will there’s a way. And when it comes to millions of boys the world over, from Rio slums to African villages, when it..

November 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Horror in the hospital

  The head of the hospital let us start shooting pictures before he asked what use we’d make of them. Massa Kanneh – the..

November 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire keeps Liberians hungry

Joseph Tahyor recalled one day last August when he and some 600 other residents of B’hai Jozon were asked to leave their homes. Men,..

October 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

False promises of Liberian gold

Gbessey Musa is a long way from home. Three years ago, he left Sierra Leone in search of a job that could provide for his family. Chasing..

September 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Rain in Liberia and how weather becomes an issue of health, and even life or death

Living in Liberia through the country’s wet season, I find myself nostalgic for the relatively dry climate of Vancouver. To witness a..

August 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Pursuit of Press Freedom in Liberia

This article was originally published in June 2010 Smile FM. The once-charming name for a community radio station in southeastern Liberia..

May 1, 2012 with 1 Comment

Fighting for survival: Liberia’s ex-combatants in Cote d’Ivoire

Once, Gabriel Swen was a regional warrior. He fought in his country, Liberia, for years, first picking up a gun at the age of 7 after..

January 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Between Heaven and Hell

A young man wearing camouflage shorts lowers his sunglasses down over his eyes from their perch atop unkempt braids, eyeing me up and down..

October 15, 2010 with 1 Comment

Motivated by an Arduous Path

That career paths can be long and windy is common the world over. But in a post-conflict country, the corners are often sharper and the..

July 26, 2010 with 0 Comments

Power of the (Printing) Press

When it comes to the media in Liberia, he or she who owns a printing press shall dominate the market. There are only a handful of..

July 16, 2010 with 0 Comments

Angry Elephants and Human Rights

The Road to River Cess… I’ve always loved road trips, so one of my favorite things about training journalists is getting outside of..

July 6, 2010 with 1 Comment

Access to Education

Beatrice Jagbah relaxes under the evening sun after a full morning of teaching at the local school followed by a hard afternoon catching up..

June 8, 2010 with 0 Comments

Saye Town Residents Cope With Fire Aftermath

It is strongly believed, among many of the media houses in Liberia, that human rights stories, and human “interest” stories in..

May 27, 2010 with 0 Comments
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