In 1979 a significant event happened that started a turn of downhill events for the country of Liberia. It was called the rice riots. Most of the major iron ore companies had shut down and there was a large number of people left unemployed. At the same time there was a sudden shortage of rice...
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By Bill Sebald When Liberia fell, Liberia fell hard.  Pride led the way.  “Pride goes before destruction and haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18 There is still much conflict beneath the surface and because of it. And as we mentioned yesterday, there is still a lot concern of what might happen when a new president and leaders...
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By Holly Sebald Quick update: The voting yesterday was overall well-organized and peaceful! We praise God for His mercy and protection over Liberia yesterday and the success that yesterday represents as a step forward for democracy in Liberia. But our prayers for Liberia continue because the election process is still not over yet, not until the...
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Today is Election Day in Liberia. The results of today’s voting will determine the future of the country. I cannot understate the importance of today’s election. If all goes well today and in January when the president is sworn in, this will be the first transfer of power from one elected president to another since...
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By Nathan Glenn For the third time this trip, we were standing on the side of the road waiting for our taxi driver to finish his bribing at the checkpoint so that we could again pile 8 people back into a 5 person sedan. On one hand, I find humor in the whole situation, because it...
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The country of Liberia began as a mixture of indigenous tribal groups led by freed slave immigrants who brought American/European culture and ways to the coast of West Africa.  The first ship landed in 1821 and Liberia was officially an independent nation in 1847.  The settlers also brought Christianity and a commitment to the abolition...
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The secret societies of Liberia are rarely spoken about openly and many things about them remain a mystery. It’s hard to say what percentage of people are initiated members of these societies (it could be 5% or could be 50%), but nonetheless their influence on society is strong. These secret societies, or bush societies, are...
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Liberia’s elections are coming up next week, October 10, 2017. With over 25 political parties and countless individuals running for the office of president (and county representatives and local positions), the sheer volume of politicians is overwhelming and confusing. Given the recent history of violence in Liberia and the history of electoral violence in the...
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