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Falling Global Oil Prices has Big Impact on Liberians

Jefferson Massah

The price of oil has fallen sharply around the world in the last year. That’s forced major companies like Chevron and Exxon Mobil, that were pouring millions into Liberia, to hold back and watch the global trend in the oil … More

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Climate Change Threatens Liberia

Tetee Gebro

  With a global reliance on fossil fuel for energy, climate change is increasingly becoming a threat to human existence. Across the world catastrophic weather patterns are killing people and devastating agricultural activities. In our own region, one of the … More

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Politics and Oil

Jefferson Massah

Liberia’s third post conflict democratic elections are expected to be held in 2017 to   usher   in another government when the mandate of the   current government’s second and final term expires. This will mark the country’s first democratic transition in more … More

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Total Gas Stations Threaten Protected Wetlands

Tetee Gebro

As the rest of the world struggles to come to terms with the effect of climate change, the poorest countries, like our own, are on the front lines. Scientists say the vast majority of climate change is caused by richer … More

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No Oil but Chevron Leaves Its Mark on Liberia

By Jefferson Massah

As almost all of the oil companies are shutting down operations in Liberia, we look back at what one of the biggest companies Chevron, is leaving behind as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program in Liberia. This is a … More

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Women Entrepreneurs Take Liberian Business to a New Level

By Tecee Boley

It is often said that the growth of a nation depends on the economy and the ability of its people to venture into the private sector.  Since the war, petty trading is fast becoming the main form of employment for … More

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Genital Cutting Threatens the Health of Liberia’s Women

By Tetee Gebro

The cultural practice of female genital cutting is rampant in Liberia, especially in the countryside.  Parents send girls as young as infants to ceremonies conducted by a secretive indigenous religion known as the Sande to be cut without knowing the … More

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Water and Sanitation Problems Plague Monrovians

By Tecee Boley

It is often said in Liberia: “to spoil it is easy but to build it is hard.” So is the case with water and sanitation here. The 14-year civil war destroyed much of the water supply and sanitation facilities. People … More

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Liberia’s Teen Moms Have it Hard

Tecee Boley

Having children early may seem like an adventure for many teenage girls, but most soon discover that this choice leads to lasting consequences. The high rate of teenage pregnancy increases the economic burden of Liberia by creating generation upon generation … More

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Liberians Can’t Afford Staple Rice

By Tetee Gebro

If a Liberian hasn’t eaten rice at least once during the day, then he will tell you that he really hasn’t eaten.  But our staple food is becoming more expensive, as global food costs are skyrocketing.  This is angering many … More

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Teen Pregnancy is a Growing Problem for Liberia

Fabine Kwiah

Teen pregnancy is on the rise in Liberia and fast becoming a national crisis with far-reaching effects.   With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world,  many young girls in Liberia are exposed to sex by age … More

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Women at Particular Risk in Liberia’s New Drug Trade

By Fabine Kwiah

Drug trafficking and drug use is on the rise in Liberia according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The problem is fueled by the influx of drugs into the region by South American … More

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Workers Protest Broken Promises by Foreign Palm Oil Company

By Tetee Gebro

More than two years ago the government of Liberia signed an agreement with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby. As part of the $800 million dollar deal, Sime Darby pledged to build workers housing and hospitals and send their children … More

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Nearly Half of Liberia’s Children are Malnutritioned

By Rose Kaiwuh

In Liberia, one out of every four children suffers from acute malnutrition, according to health organization Equip Liberia.  And as many as five children die of hunger every day in towns and villages across the country.  In collaboration with New … More

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Broken Promises of Foreign Palm Oil Company Anger Locals

By Tecee Boley

Two years ago the government of Liberia signed an $800 million dollar concession agreement with Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby to cultivate 220,000 hectares of land. In the agreement, the company promised to build schools and clinics and provide … More

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In Run-Up to Election, Women’s Views Diverge on Liberia’s First Female President

By Fabine Kwiah

INTRO: Six years ago in the Liberian presidential elections slightly more than half of voters were women, giving rise to the first female president in Liberia and Africa. But with barely two months to go before elections women say the … More

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Drug Trafficking on the Rise in Liberia, Leaving a Legacy of Users (PART II)

By Fabine Kwiah

Cocaine trafficking through Liberia, a country with few effective counter narcotics programs, is on the rise. The United Nations says it’s exacerbating an addiction problem stemming from Liberia’s civil war. In a collaboration between New Narratives and Radio Veritas, Fabine … More

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In Run-Up to Election, Women Debate Record of Liberia’s First Female President

By Fabine Kwiah

Six years ago in the Liberian presidential elections slightly more than half of voters were women, giving rise to the first female president in Liberia and Africa. But with barely two months to go before elections women say the president … More

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New Drug Route Through West Africa Leaves Trail of Addicts

By Fabine Kwiah

Cocaine trafficking through Liberia, a country with few effective counter narcotics programs, is on the rise. The United Nations says it’s exacerbating an addiction problem stemming from Liberia’s civil war. In a collaboration between New Narratives and Radio Veritas, Fabine … More

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Liberian Women Suffer Sexual Harassment in Silence

By Fabine Kwiah

It happens all the time. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, an inappropriate word or unwanted touch. Sexual harassment is rampant in Liberia. There is no specific law prohibiting harassment. Victims say they are reluctant to talk about it … More

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The Power of One: Hanna Slocum Changing Women’s Lives

By Prue Clarke and Tecee Boley

The West African country of Liberia is considered one of the world’s worst places to be a woman. In the aftermath of the country’s brutal civil war, women have limited access to medical care, jobs, and education. Rape is so … More