April 14, 2009
Women’s movement transforms post-war Liberia

For a 14-year period ending in 2003, Liberia struggled with a brutal civil war, a crippled economy and not much hope. That was until a women’s movement started to take hold.

Worldfocus special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson report on a movement that helped to drive a dictator from power and gave women the kind of opportunities they could never have dreamed of.

For more from Lynn Sherr, listen to our online radio show on African women in power

Watch more videos from this series and read blogs from the field: Liberia’s Long Road Back

Also watch for PBS Wide Angle’s showing of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” next year.

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5 comments

#5

seeing these pictures had made me to share tears for my home Liberia, thinking about how beautiful things used to be in those days, the too much killing had spoiled every memory of the country, knowing the fact that there is nothing romantic about death, Grief is like ocean, its deep and dark and bigger than all of us, and pain of loosing some one is like a thief in the night,so i say to all lost soul,may their soul rest in the bosom of our lord

#4

THANKS to the women in power. One thing i will like to say is that, we liberian in usa are not comsitrting on our education,

#3

Greetings from Poland!!
Please!!
Postcard from Liberia!!
Thanks

Marek Bialas
ul.ksiecia Witolda 12/19
21-500 Biala Podlaska
Poland

#2

Is there more oil in Liberia than Kuwait?

I really liked this quote:
“Mama, what was your role during the crisis?”

#1

Your series on Liberia brought back memories as I recognised the views of Monrovia.

In 1980 I was working in Houston with Gulf Oil where I was responsible for oil exploration in West Africa. In the spring we received a request from the State Department to meet with a Liberian official. I went to Washington where I met, at the State Department, a Liberian Minister Plenipotentiary representing President Tolbert. He discussed oil possibilities in Liberia and suggested that we should meet in Monrovia with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affair Committee.

We had a poor evaluation of oil potential in Liberia (offshore) even though there had been a recent sigificant discovery offshore in neighboring Ivory Coast. In any case we agreed to go. We sent a geophysicist for a week to look over the data available in the government archives (there had been seismic surveys and a couple of dry wells drilled). I joined him for a few days and met with some senior ministry officials and waited to be invited to meet with the Senate Committee chairman.

On the third day of my visit, a Lincoln Continetal came to pick us up. The Chairman, who was a Tolbert , offered tea and procceded to tell us how promising the Liberian oil prospects were. First he said that since Liberia supported the US in the Cold War, Gulf Oil should feel obligated to invest in Liberia. He then proceeded to say that he had it from, Dixon, a seer in New-York, that Liberia was full of oil. When I demurred, he offered her phone number in New-York where I could check her predictions. To my annoynce, my geophysical assistant, made complimentay comments on the matter!. While we were talking, the Chairman’s wife came ; a beautiful woman who was the daughter of Ouphey Bougny, the Ivory Coast President who was married to a white French woman. After she left, the Chairman, confessed that he had had a vision of Jesus Christ telling him that Liberia would have more oil than Kuwait. We went home.

A few months later, Sam Doe took control of Liberia and 15 senior government officials were executed by fire sqwads, including the Minister plenipotentiary. The Senate Chairman obtained protection from his father in law at the Ivory Coast Embassy and was saved.

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