Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

Camden County New Jersey: home to the poorest and most dangerous city in the US (Camden) and a wealthy community (Haddonfield). MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0606 click here
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Protests in Liberia over George Weah's failure to tackle corruption

Ex-footballer under pressure 18 months into presidency, as thousands take to the streets

Thousands of people have gathered in Liberia’s capital to protest against failures to tackle corruption, economic mismanagement and injustice under the former footballer turned president George Weah.

Riot police lined the streets of Monrovia where more than 5,000 people turned out despite the rain for one of the city’s biggest protests in living memory, according to witnesses. The protesters walked to Capitol Hill to present the government with a list of demands.

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Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:18:02 GMT

Wayétu Moore: 'Storytelling gives me a sense of belonging to this world'

Alongside busy social enterprises, Moore has written a novel about Liberia’s origins in which she hopes her compatriots will recognise themselves

WH Auden once said it was a “fallacious belief that art ever makes anything happen”. Had there never been any art, he claimed, “the history of man would be materially unchanged”. Wayétu Moore, however, believes differently. The Liberian-American author and social entrepreneur opened her own bookshop, One Moore Bookstore, Liberia’s first dedicated to reading for pleasure. She started One Moore Book, a non-profit publisher of children’s books for underrepresented communities, after seeing first-hand how children engaged better with characters that look like them. And somehow she also found time to write a novel: She Would Be King, a fantastical retelling of Liberia’s founding. “It was in reading that I was able to make sense of my new country,” Moore says of her early days in the US. “Representation is important.”

As Africa’s first independent republic, Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonisation Society, which believed freed African American slaves would fare better there.

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Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:47:19 GMT

Lawyer forced to flee Liberia hopes to return after Goldman prize win

Like other recipients, Alfred Brownell has faced threats and worse defending the environment

Two years ago Alfred Brownell was forced to flee Liberia after a successful campaign against a foreign palm oil plantation led to death threats and intimidation. Today, he hopes to return after being named one of this year’s winners of the Goldman environmental prize.

Like several other recipients of the 2019 award, which will be presented at a ceremony on Monday in San Francisco, the Liberian lawyer risked life and liberty to defend people and wildlife in a region of the world that was until recently remote, but is now encroached upon by powerful business interests.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2019 09:00:44 GMT

American founder of Liberia charity resigns in wake of rape allegations
  • Katie Meyler announces More Than Me departure on Facebook
  • Former staffer was reported to have assaulted school students

An American woman who established a charity to help vulnerable girls in Liberia has resigned, six months after taking a leave of absence in the wake of allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in the charity’s care.

Related: Liberia launches investigation into alleged rapes at US-backed school

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Sat, 20 Apr 2019 22:04:56 GMT

'I was raised an American': Liberians await possible deportation from US

Trump administration told DED holders last March to leave voluntarily or face deportation, but a year on, little has changed

Like many of the thousands of Liberians in the US who face possible deportation at the end of this month, Nyensuahtee Fofana, 23, is anxiously awaiting any sign the Trump administration might reverse course.

Related: She fled Liberia’s civil war 24 years ago. Now Trump wants her to go back

We are pleading to all the good loving people to hear us and allow us to stay here

It’s like walking on eggshells and tiptoeing through the rain

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:00:09 GMT
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The Vice President of Liberia visits New Jersey and Pennsylvania. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n1 p0623

A 4-day visit to the Delaware Valley ended today for the Vice President of Liberia, a soft-spoken, slow-moving elderly gentleman with good things to say.

I saw him at 3 events; at the Camden City Hall reception on Friday June 21; at Rowan University Investment Forum on Saturday June 22, and then later on that afternoon at a Lutheran Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Wonderful welcome at City Hall, Camden, NJ on Friday night by the mayor Dana Rudd  and some elected officials and dignitaries.

I was startled when he told us he was grateful to come to this beautiful city. I have never heard anyone say that.  Camden is the murder capital of the US, I only hope events like this will help to turn it around.

At the Saturday afternoon town hall, what really made the audience happy was his saying that dual citizenship has been approved.

Which means that American citizens can still be Liberian citizens, can still vote in Liberian elections, can still run for office. An electorate or more for the Liberian Diaspora? Not yet.

The town hall started late, about 3 hours after the expected time, so I had time to walk around the church with huge stained glass windows and high wooden ceiling and read the 2 placards of protest. Everyone was well-behaved, the vice president gave a calm speech, as did the ambassador, and the commissioner of police in Upper Darby welcomed the delegation, and all Liberians, to Drexel Hill.

Then the protesters started shouting. The large plain clothes detective wearing a lime green tie and a wire into his ear, and he was white, his attempts to blend in failed on so many levels, walked slowly towards the protesters and called inside the 3 Upper Darby police who had been waiting outside.

The Liberian protesters moved outside, shouted for video cameras, and the vice president answered questions. First happily explaining that freedom of speech is a right in the US, and in Liberia.

What impressed me is that we all were able to walk into and out of the church freely.

Anthony Kesselly calmed everyone down, which is what he has been doing since he was a leader in the university in Liberia more than 30 years ago. He was a leader in the Philadelphia Liberian communities for years, and was traveling with the vice president as his policy adviser. Anthony moved back to Liberia last year, it was great to see him.

No-one was patted down before or after, or asked to identify themselves. Very civilized.

Liberia is in good shape.