In Liberia, silencing press critics through libel lawsuits

By Emily Schmall and Aaron Leaf

From NN executive: We are reposting this article from July 2011 in light of the Liberian Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the $1.5m libel verdict against FrontPage Africa. During Liberia’s 14-year civil war, the press was silenced through violence. … More

NN in the New York Times

By New Narratives Country Director, Emily Schmall

Photo by NN photography coach Glenna Gordon MONROVIA, Liberia — Election officials announced on Thursday that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s only female president, had been re-elected by an overwhelming margin this week in a runoff vote that was marred by an … More

Despite rain, Liberians turn out in huge numbers to vote

By New Narratives team in Liberia

In West Point, a shantytown community on the edge of the Atlantic, dozens of people endured long lines and the pouring rain to vote in this country’s second presidential elections since the end of 14 years of civil war. Frances … More

Return to Conflict? Upcoming Elections Threaten Post-War Liberia’s Security

Mae Azango and Emily Schmall

MONROVIA, Liberia — On a rainy August evening three days before a national referendum, white United Nations tanks rolled down Tubman Boulevard, the Liberian capital’s main road, and took up positions in front of the president’s house and the national … More

UN Prepares for Violence in Liberia’s poll

Mae Azango, Emily Schmall

MONROVIA, Liberia — On a rainy August evening three days before a national referendum, white United Nations tanks rolled down Tubman Boulevard, the Liberian capital’s main road, and took up positions in front of the president’s house and the national … More

Liberian mercenaries tell of rampage in Ivory Coast

Emily Schmall and Mae Azango

Liberian mercenaries returning from western Ivory Coast tell the Monitor that they recently fought for both sides in Ivory Coast’s civil war, killing civilians, raping women, and destroying villages as they went. One commander of a unit of more than … More

Liberia’s elections, ritual killings and cannibalism

Emily Schmall, Wade Williams

MONROVIA, Liberia — The pregnant woman was found dead in the shallows of Lake Shepherd. The fetus had been removed. A candidate for Liberia’s Senate and a former county attorney are among those standing trial for the 2009 murder, the … More

Ivory Coast rebel force commander Angelou

As Ivory Coast Heads for Civil War, Thousands Seek Safety in Liberia.

Emily Schmall and Mae Azango

TOETOWN, Liberia — As gun battles between Ivory Coast’s rival armed forces intensify, throngs of refugees are fleeing the fighting for the relative safety of neighboring Liberia. About 90,000 Ivorians have crossed into eastern Liberia, according to U.N. refugee experts, … More

In Liberia, Bones of War Victims Surfacing in Mass Graves

Tetee Gebro, Fabine Kwiah, Wade Williams, Emily Schmall

MONROVIA, Liberia — On Wednesday, Liberians will honor the memory of two former presidents, William Tolbert and his successor, Samuel K. Doe, slain during two decades of fighting that started with a 1980 military coup. The exact whereabouts of the … More

Liberian Teen Prostitutes Face Abuse

Emily Schmall with Tecee Boley and Clara Mallah

MONROVIA (Reuters Trustlaw) – When darkness falls on Monrovia and most of the Liberian capital’s half a million inhabitants return home to rest, an army of teenage girls as young as 13 sets out to work as underage prostitutes, charging as … More

As Charles Taylor’s War Crimes Trial Nears End, Many Liberians Hope for His Return

Emily Schmall and Mae Azango

MONROVIA, Liberia — With President Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial in The Hague nearing an end after three years, many Liberians hope he will be brought home — to a hero’s welcome. Take Fasu Donzo, a lanky motorbike taxi driver. … More