Settled by freed American slaves, the small West African country of Liberia has long and deep ties to the U.S. The country is even referred to as "America's stepchild."
In 2003, ravenous reconstruction efforts began after 14 years of civil war hollowed the country. Liberia ousted its dictator Charles Taylor and elected Africa's first female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has steered Liberia on its long road to recovery. Worldfocus special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer, shooter and editor Megan Thompson traveled to Liberia in the spring of 2009 to report on the country's progress and challenges.
They found women on the front lines of almost every part of society. From government ranks to police forces and market stands, the women's movement is leading the charge in rebuilding a country, rallying campaigns against rampant sexual violence and reintegrating former child soldiers back into communities. Today, Liberia is healing and trying to reclaim and shape its identity.
"Liberia's Long Road Back" is a collection of signature videos, extended interviews, web original videos, an online radio show on female empowerment across Africa, reporter observations from the field and blogger perspectives.
Africa’s first elected female president lifts Liberia
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leading Liberia's efforts to rebuild after its 14-year civil war. Watch a video on her role in the country's road to recovery and an extended interview.
Posted: March 31, 2009 17:06
Food instability and poor infrastructure affect Liberians
Though the civil war ended years ago, Liberia remains politically and economically unstable -- and more may suffer as food and fuel prices rise around the world. A Worldfocus contributing blogger encounters a trio of problems in Liberia: food, money and transportation.
Posted: March 23, 2009 10:15
In the Newsroom
Liberia rebuilds but fragments of the fighting remain
Producer Megan Thompson just returned from reporting in Liberia, where she encountered daily reminders of the country's civil war as Liberia emerges from its past.
Posted: March 18, 2009 11:27
From the Field
Liberian summit celebrates African women with laughter
Worldfocus correspondent Lynn Sherr is in Monrovia, Liberia, reporting on how the country is faring following its long civil war. She writes about attending the lively International Colloquium on Women.
Posted: March 9, 2009 12:46
Rumors circulate in Liberia that water will turn to blood
A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that Liberia's water supply -- already crippled by the country's civil war -- has been further harmed by superstition and rumors.
Posted: February 25, 2009 09:40