Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Scam, kidnap by South African police

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News feed on Liberia from UK paper The Guardian

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UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobs

The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees.

Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee.

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Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:01:17 GMT

George Weah leads Liberia in politics and on the pitch at the age of 51 – video

Liberia president and former World Player of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to international football when playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.

The friendly match had been arranged to retire the No 14 shirt, which Weah wore during his playing peak, but fans were left in shock when the striker led the national team onto the pitch wearing it instead.

Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning nearly a decade and a half and earned 60 caps representing Liberia. His popularity from his playing career saw him secure a landslide run-off win last December in the country’s presidential elections.

The 51-year-old’s football comeback in Monrovia on Tuesday also happened to fall on the same day that his son Timothy Weah represented the USA against Mexico

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:07:45 GMT

Médecins Sans Frontières staff accused of using sex workers in Africa

Whistleblowers claim prostitutes were employed by aid agency employees, one of whom suggested it was possible to swap drugs for sex

The charity Médecins Sans Frontières has been hit by allegations that aid workers for the organisation used local prostitutes while working in Africa.

Whistleblowers told the Victoria Derbyshire programme the alleged behaviour was “blatant” and “widespread” among logistical staff.

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:15:28 GMT

Ex-Liberian warlord jailed in US for lying about asylum claim

Mohammed Jabbateh, who has lived in Pennsylvania for 20 years, committed horrendous crimes during Liberia’s first civil war

A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the US for lying about his role in Liberia’s civil war and the atrocities he committed.

Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, for 20 years, was found guilty in October on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury and sentenced on Thursday.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:36:24 GMT

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

Donald Trump announced last Tuesday plans to end DED status for Liberian immigrants, leaving families to worry – and fight to stay

Gabrielle Gworlekaju, 16, is a sophomore in high school in Minnesota, a cheerleader and an A student. She wants to pursue a career in medicine and, in about a year’s time, she’ll begin the process of choosing a university.

There’s one person she leans on more than most for advice in such decisions – her mother, Magdalene Menyongaro, 48, who came to the US from Liberia 24 years ago, fleeing the country’s civil war. Gworlekaju and Menyongaro live in a modest apartment in the north-west suburbs of Minneapolis, an area which has the largest concentration of Liberians in the country. The hub of the Liberian community is in Brooklyn Park, a city of about 79,000 people that has roughly 52 Liberian churches and as many as 7,000 Liberian residents. Gabrielle’s father, also Liberian, died in a car wreck about three years ago when she and her parents lived in another state. In fact, the accident is what inspired Gabriel to want to pursue medicine.

For now I'm hopeful because at least I have something to work with

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018 10:00:15 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.