In 1999, my first year teaching ESL at the high school level, I had 2 sisters from Liberia who had moved to the US as asylum seekers, escaping the war in their country. They told the class about how Liberia had been formed as a colony of freed slaves from the US. The sisters talked about the terrible war that was being fought in their country, and how their parents had been killed. In the end they said that they wanted people to know their country for more than the awful war that was raging at that time. I remember wiping away tears after hearing of their escape from their town and their excitement about coming to the US.
I had forgotten about these sisters until the recent ebola outbreak pushed Liberia into the spotlight again. Too often the media focuses on disease and war when highlighting countries in Africa. Too little is known about the geography, the land, the cultures, and the people that live on this vast continent. Here is a mini-introduction to Liberia, the small West African nation of 4.2 million people that has been thrust into the news. This is dedicated to my 2 ESL students from Liberia.
Liberia Facts and Profile
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