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Oil Industry Chaos: Liberians Benefit From Low Oil Prices

James Harding Giahyue

Monrovia – The plunge in oil prices on the world market has dealt a devastating blow to Liberia’s oil industry dashing hopes that oil may have been the savior for Liberia’s struggling economy. But at the same time those low … More

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Tetee Gebro Reflects on her Experience Reporting on the Oil Industry in Liberia

Tetee Gebro

First off, a confession: even as the oil industry in Liberia made a lot of news in our country in the years from 2010, as a practicing journalist I knew very little about it. Like most of my peers, all … More

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Exxon Set to Drill – Are Liberians Ready For Jobs in Oil Industry?

Mae Azango

Monrovia – Liberia’s oil industry is holding its breath waiting for the outcome of ExxonMobil exploration efforts by the end of the year. With global oil prices low, and little interest by big oil companies in Liberia’s yet unproven oil … More

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Passage of New Oil Law Offers Hope of Industry Restart

James Harding Giahyue

Monrovia – In this last of a three-part series on the survival of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) amid financial turmoil and the global oil crisis, we ask whether the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Law could save Liberia’s … More

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NOCAL Slashes Costs To Survive As Income Dries Up

James Harding Giahyue

 Monrovia – In this second of a three-part series on the survival of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) amid financial turmoil and the oil crisis we look closely at how the company is operating in these difficult times. … More

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NOCAL Collapses One Year On – Liberia’s Oil Basin Goes Quiet

James Harding Giahyue

Monrovia – In this first part of three-part series on we look at what is currently happening in the Liberian oil basin one year on from the collapse of the National Oil Company of Liberia. What is the status of … More

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Liberians’ Health: Generators, Cars Posing Dangers to Residents

James Harding Giahyue

Monrovia – On June 19 this year, two men—Varnie Sarjue and Jusue Vannie – spent the night in the office of GMT Fishery in the Bong Mines Bridge community outside Monrovia. Both men were guarding the company’s properties, and on … More

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Oil Crisis Sparks Shift to Renewable Energy in Liberia

James Harding Giahyue

It stands one storey tall and is painted in radiant orange and green but that is not what makes Emma’s Fashion perhaps the most noticeable building at V.O.A. Junction on the Roberts International Airport highway. What makes it stand out … More

Residents say gas stations built by Total Petroleum Company in areas such as SKD Boulevard in Congo Town, 72nd, Free Port of Monrovia and Martha Elbow on Bushrod Island, threaten these protected wetlands.Read Watch Listen

Total Stations Threatening Liberia’s Environment? Neither EPA or Public Works Admit Granting Permits

Mae Azango

 Monrovia – The swamps or wetlands along Liberia’s coast is said to play a crucial role in the country’s ecosystem. They are nesting grounds for sea creatures, which lay and hatch their eggs before returning to the rough sea. Without … More

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Uncertain Over Payment: Ex-NOCAL Staff Wary of Severance Pay

James Harding Giahyue

Monrovia – It has been more than six months since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered a restructure of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) in an effort to prevent bankruptcy. With that came the redundancy of more than 100 … More

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NN’s Wade Williams on Ebola in Liberia for The New York Times

By Wade Williams

MONROVIA, Liberia — LIBERIANS have begun calling the days between July 27 and Aug. 3 “the dark week” — 173 new Ebola virus cases and 94 new deaths. How much darker things may get is anybody’s guess. In Johnsonville, a … More

Hannah Toe, 24, in the 12th grade at Cestos High School, got pregnant at 17 and left school for a few years to take care of her baby.Read Watch Listen

Teen Pregnancy and Bush Schools Hurting Efforts to Educate Girls

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Hannah Toe is in the twelfth grade class at Cestos High School in rural Rivercess County. She looks youthful with cornrows and a red flower headband in her hair matching her ruffled top, but she is 24 … More

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Liberia Schools Crisis: Unfit Buildings and No Books Leave Children Behind

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Twelve-year-old Baby Girl Yarkah is in the first grade and attends the Upper Timbo Community School in Little Liberia, Rivercess County. She shares a small chair with another girl because there are not enough seats to accommodate … More

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Liberia Education Crisis: A 3-part series reveals schools in chaos

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Students in Rivercess County are learning less than half of the curriculum each semester because of untrained teachers and a broken pay system that forces teachers to abandon schools for days, even weeks at a time. The … More

Health workers here say the most frustrating part is that Pewee’s illness and likely death were entirely preventable. Pewee, like so many babies in Liberia, is suffering from severe malnutrition simply because of false beliefs on breastfeeding. Pewee’s mother Zennah has been told that breast milk is best for her child, but she says she stopped breastfeeding him when she resumed sex with her husband two months after the birth.Read Watch Listen

Breastfeeding Myths: Liberia in Top 5 for Baby Deaths, ‘Difficult Problems’ linger

By Tecee Boley and Kara Freedman

Forkpah Town, Clay Ashland,  Tiny Pewee Wamah  tries  to hold the piece of boiled cassava his mother hands to him, but his tiny trembling hands soon let go and the cassava falls to the bright red earth. The 14-month-old baby … More

Ruth Berry Peal (right) and her lawyer H. Dedeh Wilson after their Supreme Court victory making her the first woman to win a conviction for female genital cutting in LiberiaRead Watch Listen

Living in Fear: After Liberia’s First FGC Conviction, Victim Still Harassed, Haunted

By Tecee Boley

In January this year Ruth Berry Peal and her family thought their three year ordeal was over. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that made the Bomi mother-of-eight the first woman in Liberia to win a conviction for … More

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Rapists’ Nation? Rape Still Stalking Liberia’s Kids; 1 in 10 Victims Age 5 And Under

By Tecee Boley

“The boy is my neighbor’s son,” says the grandmother. “We eat and play together. They came to me begging I agreed not to go to court. That court thing can waste time and money. I just want my little girl … More

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‘Dialogue, Not a Monologue’: Liberia, Africa Youths Yearning to be Heard

By Robtel Pailey

I watched in amazement as stately Cameroonian 30-something, Mamadou  Kwidjim Toure, founder of pan-African youth movement “Africa 2.0”, slipped former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo a note on the elevated stage. Overhead, two wide-screen projectors magnified this exchange to an audience … More

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NN Executive Director Prue Clarke argues aid world undercuts development by ignoring media

By Prue Clarke

By not supporting local media, the donor world fails to engage local populations in the development process and give them the information they need to drive change themselves.  By Prue Clarke, Executive Director, New Narratives – Africans Reporting Africa. | … More

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The Negro Clause in Liberia’s Constitution Is Not Racist; It Is Protectionary

By Robtel Pailey

  There is a subculture in Liberia that, though highly visible and active, is almost never discussed – like an unacknowledged elephant in the room. (See original post here.) It consists of Lebanese businessmen and their families who started migrating to … More

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Wildlife At Risk: Experts Warn Hunting, Deforestation Killing Liberia’s Future

By Tecee Boley

Monrovia – Dalida squirms on the lap of a woman at a restaurant bar on Tubman Boulevard. (See original post here.) The young chimpanzee was captured just two weeks after her birth. Now four weeks old she wears diapers and … More