Kevin in Liberia

Its Purpose: to raise awareness of current social, political, ethical, and spiritual issues within a relief and development context in Liberia. Its effectiveness is simple: It relies on me, the author, to provide insightful, and often debate-sparking material that will encourage you, the reader to get engaged through comment contributions, emails, and promoting others to read, re-think, and respond to the important issues discussed.

I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty, nor anything else in the world. That discernment is beyond the power of men or angels, and is hidden among the secrets of your Providence, which I adore, but do not seek to fathom. ~ a prayer by Blaise Pascal

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Photo Essay of Liberia

Recently, a blog reader emailed me a link to a photo essay by photographer Paolo Pellegrin, sponsored by Medecins du Monde (MDM). This slideshow has some amazing photos of Liberia, specifically Monrovia. I have included a link to the slideshow on the right hand toolbar. You can also get there by clicking here.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Liberia's History - The Bong Mining Company

I have just recently found a video of how the Bong Mining Company and Bong Town came into existence. It is very interesting to me to see how this all came about, especially now seeing how destroyed the whole infrastructure is and how they are scrapping the entire facility. Its almost like the end of an era. Fifty years after it all began it now seems to be reverting back to where it started, this time leaving giant gaping holes of what used to be the Bong Range. The Bong Range, or what is left of it is, even to this day, a very magnificent view over parts of Liberia. Enjoy experiencing part of Liberia's history with this great documentary that must have been pulled from the archives somewhere in Germany. Its a classic!

The Indian company, Mittel Steel, has just signed an enormous $1bn contract with the Government of Liberia to begin mining operations in the Yekepah/Mt. Nimba regions of the country, near the Guinea/Cote d'Ivoire borders. If this is the construction project that went into the Bong Range area in the 1950s, just imagine the possibilities that this country has once the infrastructure up in Yekepah is restored to operational capacity.

I've included the Bong Mining Company Video on the sidebar on the right under the heading 'Video Links'.

For additional information on the Bong Mining Company and Bong Town please see the Bong Town Website.

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Surfing in Robertsport, Liberia: Sweet Liberia with Dan Malloy

This past summer a group of surfers came out to Liberia and surfed Robertsport for a few days. I just found this narrated slideshow of their trip. It has great pictures of a picture-perfect day surfing Robertsport. Robertsport doesn't always work like this but they caught it at just the right time. I've seen bigger waves at Robertsport but you can get an idea of the form of these guys. As Dan mentions in the commentary, we are truely spoiled here. I don't agree with him that these Liberians have never seen surfing before because there have been people surfing/bodyboarding here for at least three years that I know of and possibly even longer. I've put a link in the side bar on the right hand side as well. Check out Sweet Liberia with Dan Malloy

I think this slideshow really shows the potential that Robertsport specifically has for tourism in Liberia. The natural beauty and perfect waves that Robertsport has to offer is unbelievable. Its only a matter of time people, only a matter of time!

Labels: , ,