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NN’s Robtel Pailey launches “Gbagba” in London, moderated by NN head Prue Clarke

Please join us as NN opinion writer Robtel Pailey launches her children’s book “Gbagba” (with illustrations by NN’s Chase Walker) at the School of Oriental and African studies in London tonight. The event will be moderated by NN Executive Director … More

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NN Executive Director Shortlisted for Australian Social Innovation Award

New Narratives is delighted our Co-founder and Executive Director Prue Clarke has been shortlisted for the Advance Global Australian Social Innovation award recognizing her work with us. The Awards celebrate Australians and alumni from Australian universities living overseas who exhibit … More

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NN’s Mae Azango is Awarded the Minnie Lee Walker fellowship

NN is proud to announce our reporter Mae Azango, of FrontPage Africa, has been awarded a newly created reporting fellowship in honor of Minnie Lee Walker. The fellowship is given by the Alliance for East Africa, an organization that supports … More

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Mae Azango exposed a secret ritual in Liberia, putting her life in danger

Jina Moore

TODEE, LIBERIA It’s late afternoon in Todee, a village in rural Liberia, and the sun is starting to drop. Mae Azango settles into a taxi for the three-hour drive back to Monrovia, the capital. But this long day hasn’t been quite long … More

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NN’s Tecee Boley and Joanna Devane on Liberian Reaction to Taylor Verdict for Global Post

By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley

Charles Taylor guilty: Liberians have mixed reactions In Monrovia, some Liberians denounce Taylor’s conviction, others welcome it. By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley April 26, 2012 12:48 In Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mohamed Traore, one of the amputees of the civil … More

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The Promise of April 12: A Preface to Liberia’s Complicated Biography

By Robtel Pailey

Written by New Narratives Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey April 12, 1980 is often described as the beginning of Liberia’s end. I think of it as the preface to Liberia’s long, complicated biography, the beginning of our awakening. It was a … More

Critics say girls as young as 2 are cut in traditional initiation ceremonies

NN’s Breakthrough Reporting Prompts Liberian Leaders to Announce an End To Female Circumcision

By Wade Williams

Monrovia – Traditional leaders and government ministers have revealed a secret agreement to shut down the activities of Liberia’s secret women’s society, the Sande, for an indefinite period. The deal will see all Sande land turned over to the leaders … More

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Tina Pamintuan CUNY Director, Radio Projects and Initiatives

Tina Pamintuan began her career at National Public Radio where her favorite task was writing science and adventure scripts for Morning Edition’s Radio Expeditions. In 2001, she was part of a small team that won a Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton for … More

68% of Liberians say they rely on untreated water sources for drinking water

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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Sonnie: In Her Own Words

Bonnie Allen

In Liberia, financial pressures prevent many journalists from properly doing their jobs. Though it’s rarely discussed, it’s widely known that reporters take gifts — bribes — from politicians or others to either bury stories or to write promotional ones. Sonnie … More