In the dying days of Charles Taylor’s murderous regime in Liberia, the American navy moored off his capital, Monrovia. Some 200-plus marines came ashore to secure the American embassy against trigger-happy rebels and crowds of panicking civilians alike, as the city burned. Five years on, American forces are back, in the shape of an amphibious landing ship 190 metres (600 feet) long and a smaller high-speed catamaran. Continue reading Americans go a-wooing
In a smoky office on Bushrod Island, the ashtray on his desk brimming over with cigarette butts, a shipping agent explains why the tiny west African nation of Liberia has the world’s second-largest fleet registered under its flag. “The rules change from country to country and they get laxer and laxer all the way down the chain until you reach Liberia,” he says.
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Christian Science Monitor
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