My on-camera reel; contains clips from Liberia's 2017 presidential election.
“If I was being inspired by money, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Wilhelmina says. “Certain times I create so that something I create represents my country. I’m inspired by making things, my most favorite thing to do in the world.”
Preparations for Liberia's presidential run-off election have come to a screeching halt just days before the scheduled vote. The Supreme Court ordered a stay while it hears a complaint filed by the third place finisher in the first round of polling.
With the help of 25 volunteers, Brenda Moore started KEEP, or Kids Educational Engagement Program, a weekly program in which she distributed hundreds of free educational packets to children throughout Liberia. Incredibly, she reached more than 5,000 kids within a few months.
Liberia, Africa's oldest republic, heads to presidential and parliamentary polls on Tuesday. Twenty candidates are vying to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she steps down this year at the end of her second term. The top campaign issues include infrastructure and healthcare, both challenges that were laid bare by the devastating Ebola epidemic that ended in June of last year. Monique John reports for VOA from Monrovia.
Liberian women have been internationally recognized for their peaceful activism that helped bring an end to 14 years of civil war. However, peace has not brought [gender] parity. Despite Liberia having the continent’s first female head of state, women remain underrepresented in elected office. As Liberia heads to nationwide polls Oct. 10, more women than ever are on the ballot demanding a change. Monique John reports for VOA from Monrovia.
Liberia is about a month away from what many hope will be the country’s first peaceful, democratic handover of power in decades.
The Liberia Medical Mission formed by members of the Liberian diaspora works to eradicate and spread awareness of Ebola in Liberia. The group worked to limit the spread of the disease during its peak and continues to bring medical supplies to Liberia. A report for VOA's "Africa 54."
In Liberia, Girls and Women Face a Future Without U.N. Peacekeepers The reputation of the U.N.’s peacekeeping troops in the country has been blemished by allegations of sexual misconduct and the mission is incomplete. But many Liberians still trust foreign security forces more than their own, raising questions about the fate of girls and women.