Suggestions for reconciliation in Liberia

My suggestions toward truth and and reconciliation in our beloved country Liberia are as follow: 1. The government needs to set aside a day, as a national holiday, to remember all those who died during the one and a half decade of civil-war that killed about 500,000 people in our beloved country, Liberia. People should dress in white […]

Climate change worsens food insecurity

Climate change occasioned by severe weather and extreme climate events is exacerbating multiple stresses such as food insecurity and spread of diseases in Africa. In 2012 alone, an estimated 37.3 million Africans were negatively affected by hydro meteorological hazards; a 43.3% increase in annual average over the last decade.  The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology […]

Amb von Ballmoos presents credentials to Pope Francis

Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta  Rudolf von Ballmoos has presented his letters of credence to the Holy Father, Pope Francis at the Vatican City and the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Magisterial Palace in Rome, Italy. A dispatch from […]

Refugees divided on future of northern Mali

Fighting has once again escalated in northern Mali’s Kidal region, with clashes between Tuareg separatists and the army reportedly killing 36 people on 16 and 17 May. Despite the failure of the 2012 rebellion in northern Mali and the loss of most of the territory they briefly laid claim to, Tuareg separatists say the fight […]

African refugees get mental health care in Israel

Thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel suffering from trauma and depression after fleeing abuses in their home country or surviving torture camps in Egypt are now getting improved mental health care, though more needs to be done, say refugee groups. Until recently the only help available has come from NGOs, notably Physicians […]

Turkey, Liberia sign agreements in three key areas

Liberia and Turkey on Tuesday signed three key agreements to enhance bilateral relations. The countries agreed to work together in the areas of education, mutual visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports and a collaboration between their diplomatic institutes. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and Ahmet Davutoglu, the respective foreign ministers of Liberia and Turkey signed behalf of […]

Sweden hosts global meeting on migration

On 14-16 May more than 450 delegates from 140 countries will gather in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss migration and development. Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström will host the meeting.  Crown Princess Victoria, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be speaking at […]

Mills: We are not wasting gov’t money

Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has rejected claims in some quarters that the institution was wasting government money under CBL’s Micro-Finance Loan Scheme across the country. “We are not throwing money away, but investing in the future of the country. Moreover, there is nothing wrong with helping Liberians in […]

Not enough women in Liberian government

A former Liberian government official has expressed serious concern about the lack of equity within the governance structure of Liberia. Edith Gongloe–Weh, former superintendent of the Nimba County, said the lack of equity for women in key positions in the governance process of the country has slowed the pace of development in many parts of the nation. The […]

Africa needs to protect its poor children

Africa needs to do more to translate its commitments to social protection into practical programmes that reach the poorest and most marginalized children, participants said today at the conclusion of the African Union Expert Consultation Meeting on Children and Social Protection. Social protection is widely considered a critical investment for children, particularly in helping families […]