All-female unit keeps peace in Liberia

Christian Science Monitor
Monrovia, Liberia

Behind rows of razor wire, a machine gun peeking over the sandbags is trained on the road below. This is just one of many fortified compounds in the Congo Town suburb of Liberia’s war-ravaged capital, Monrovia. But this compound is different, because everyone inside – from the armed guards to the cooks responsible for the inviting scent of curry that wafts around at lunchtime – is female. Continue reading All-female unit keeps peace in Liberia

While aid trickles in, Liberians get creative to make ends meet

Christian Science Monitor
Monrovia, Liberia

The walls are missing and the ceiling is snaked with cracks. When it rains, puddles form on the uneven concrete floor over which a twisted jumble of extension cords and power strips weave toward a small diesel generator chugging away in the corner.

It’s a typical workplace in Monrovia, the overcrowded capital of this war-ravaged West African nation, and it’s home to the grandly titled Association of Liberian Professional Secretaries and Clerks, where rows of customers learn to type on old computers. Continue reading While aid trickles in, Liberians get creative to make ends meet