April 13, 2009
Liberia, “America’s stepchild,” searches for own identity

Liberia, a small country in West Africa, has long and deep ties to the United States. The country became infamous in recent years for a bloody civil war that all but destroyed it.

Liberia was settled by freed American slaves, and now, as Worldfocus special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson report, Liberia is trying to shape an identity it can call its own.

Watch an extended interview with the U.S. ambassador to Liberia: An impatient Liberia confronts high expectations, sacrifice.

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#7

THANKS FIRST OF ALL TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR ALLOWING OUR FREE BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO RETURN TO LIBERIA. MY IDEAL IS WE SHOULD HELP TO REBUILD OUR COUNTRY AND STOP PUTTING BLAME ON THE U.S.A BECAUSE WE CAN DO BETTER ONLY IF WE CAN RESPECT THE RIGHT OF ONE ANOTHER IN OUR NATION.MY DRAEM IS TO PUT A LOVING HEARTS INTO MANY LIBERIANS AND HELP MAKE OUR CHILDREN HAVE A GOOD LIFE TO BUILD OUR BELOVE COUNTRY THAT SINCE BEEN IN WAR FROM 1979 TO 2003.LIBERIANS IS OUT DUTIES TO HELP ONE ANOTHER TO REBUILD OUR MOTHER LAND SWEET HOME OF LIBERTY….

#6

What powerful journalism! Liberia has such an intricate and rich history. Thanks to World Focus, it will not go untold.

I am enjoying the series “Liberia’s Long Road Back,” and I am commenting for many of your readers and viewers, who like me, usually read your blogs and watch your programs and find comfort and value in these types of stories, but don’t always have time to send in feedback. We want to say thank you for telling Liberia’s story! Thank you!

#5

I THANK GOD TODAY THAT, HE HAS MADE A WAY POSSIBLE FOR THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE, TO COME TOGETHER AND TO UNDERSTAND WAR IS NOT THE BEST SOLUTION TO UNITY. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BREWERVILLE MONROVIA, LIBERIA. BECAUSE OF THE WAR, I FLED TO THE UNITED STATES. TO THE PEOPLE WHO DIE AND THE ONES THAT WERE NOT ABLE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY DURING THE WAR, GOD WILL MAKE A WAY I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND I PRAY THAT GOD WILL BRING LOVE PEACE AND HAPPINESS BACK TO ALL OF US. ALL I CAN SAY NOW IS ,LET ALL OF US PUT HANDS TOGETHER AND REBUILD OUR GOD GIVEN LAND IBERIA.GOD WILL BLESS ALL OF US AND ONE DAY, WE ALL WILL BE HAPPY AND IN PEACE. MAY GOD BLESS ALL THOSE THAT ARE GONE AND THAT WE ALL WEII MEET IN HEAVEN ONE DAY. LOVE LIBERIA.

#4

As a child I was raised at Bopolo, Liberia by missionary parents. Our return to the U.S. left me a stranger here not there. Today, many years removed I still miss and remember the land of my chilhood and rejoice in what I hope will be an indefinite time of peace and prosperity. That women have moved to the forefront of the future comes as no surprise, even as a child I realized they were the real power in the community - it’s just that the men had yet to realize it. To their credit, Liberians seen to have decided to lay aside the divisions of old, brought on when not so well-meaning whites resettled unwanted slaves there in the early 1800s. Perhaps the decades-long civil conflicts helped purge the animosities of old. Whatever the reasons, we Liberians of birth or adoption praise President Johnson Sirleaf and the Women (and men) of Liberia for taking charge of their destiny. As the former colony of the U. S. it deserves this country’s unconditional support; now more than ever.

#3

When the freed American slaves were relocated to the land now called Liberia, they felt some sense of superiority over the indigenous population in the area. The freed slaves did not look upon them as brothers and sisters. They displaced or exploited them.
Now, for Liberia to form a well-kit society it will have to learn to look upon each citizen as a brother and sister. The will have to do what no human group has done so far in the history of mankind. They will have to build a society where no one is allow to suffer unjustly. If they can to that, the sun will rise on their land and be a light to the rest of us.

#2

we all should contribute to Liberias success its as if we owe it to them. those free slave had paid there debt to society already both home and abroad. We should all see to it that Liberia dont become a raisin in the sun.

#1

My father founded an organization named Reclaim Kids. It is a non-profit organization that partners with local Non Government Agencies to provide H.O.P.E (housing opportunity protection and education) for orphans. We are currently operational in Uganda and Liberia. We just broke ground on a home last month. Our website is http://www.reclaimkids.org. Please check it out.

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