(GIN)–An Ebola isolation center was overrun by Liberians in the capital city Monrovia over the weekend, as fear and confusion lead some to accuse western countries of inventing a killer disease and then placing a clinic for infected people in the midst of a slum. The holding facility in the densely-populated West Point slum was […]
(GIN)–The Belgian researcher who first identified the Ebola virus is playing down fears of a global pandemic. “I would sit next to an infected person on the train,” said Professor Peter Piot, whose credentials include the title of former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former head of UNAIDS, and now director of the London […]
(GIN)—As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the […]
(GIN)—A Philadelphia church is calling the outpouring of support for the Liberian community “overwhelming” in light of the deaths of three four-year-olds and an infant during a fast-moving fire Saturday. The fatalities included twin sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah, and Patrick Sanyeah and Taj Jacque, who was not quite seven weeks old. Eight row houses […]
(GIN)—In an open letter dated June 16—the International Day of the African Child—Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no “Africa Rising” without a serious investment in young girls. The key to addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges is a quality education for all children, especially girls, the former World Bank official known as […]
(GIN)—After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations, the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands. The celebration comes after months of advocacy by community members, the Sustainable Development Institute and Friends of the Earth […]
(GIN)—Two years after learning of the massive giveaway of Liberia’s treasured forests to foreign logging companies, the Liberian government locked up the former head of the Forestry Development Authority. Moses Wogbeh, former head of the forestry authority, was arrested and charged with allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits between […]
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was scheduled to receive the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize last week, despite a global campaign by free speech advocates protesting the jailing of noted newsman and managing editor, Rodney Sieh.