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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon began a visit to Liberia Monday, “I have come to Liberia to see at first hand the remarkable achievements your country has made in recovering from a devastating conflict. And I have come to reassure the Liberian people of my steadfast commitment to peace, stability and prosperity in your nation,” Mr. Ban said in an address to a joint session of the Liberian legislature in the capital, Monrovia.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (R) is greeted upon his arrival at Monrovia’s airport on April 21.
Traditional Leaders and Chiefs honor UN Secretary General at Gowning Ceremony.
Mr. Ban outlined several areas where further progress is needed, including reforming the legal and judicial system and extending the rule of law throughout the country.
He said more also needs to be done to reintegrate populations affected by war and promote reconciliation and national unity, as well as ensure economic development. “Delivering the peace dividend in these areas is necessary to underpin the stability that Liberia currently enjoys,” he noted.
“In this and other challenges confronting Liberia, the entire United Nations family will work with you,” the Secretary-General pledged.

 

The UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has begun the first phase of its drawdown process, and the Security Council will decide on the next phase after reviewing the progress made by the Government in meeting certain key benchmarks.
Mr. Ban said his recommendations to the Council on the drawdown will be linked to the Government’s ability to assume full responsibility for its national security. “Our common strategic goal is to ensure that Liberia has a solid security sector – one that can stand on its own feet before UNMIL completes its withdrawal.”
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Thousands of young Liberians gathered on Tuesday in front of the head quarters of Liberia’s giant cell phone company Cellcom to welcome Senegalese- born American R&B superstar Akon in the capital Monrovia.

The international star arrived in Liberia Monday night at the invitation of Cellcom to participate in a musical concert.He was welcomed at the Robert International airport by cultural groups, Musician Union Of Liberia, Government Officials, and thousands of Liberian wellwishers.
The Liberian information minister Laurence Bropleh speaking on behalf of the government, said President Ellen Johnson Sirlef is on an assignment in Canada but heartily welcomes Akon to Monrovia, On his part, Akon thanked the Government, the Liberian People and Cellcom for bringing him to Monrovia. He said he consider Liberia as a second home.
The Grammy award winner said the money collected from his concerts will be plough back into Africa through his Konfidence Charity foundation. He recalled that most people outside Africa do not like what he is doing for his continent . Akon was presented with a honorary membership of the Liberian Musician association. He was also crowned Chief ‘Selwion’ meaning God’s Send in the Kru dialect.
Akon last evening thrilled thousands of fans at the Samuel K. Doe Sports complex where he starred in a musical concert organized by Cellcom Communication Corporation.

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Traditional Dancers from Liberia .
The fame Gio devil mask dancer from Nimba county.
Tranditional mask from Grand Bassa county.


painting of Monrovia by a Liberian artist.

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Ghana’s Interior Minister Kwamena Bartels, told the Ghanaian press today that the seemingly innocent demonstration by Liberian refugees in the country was part of a wider plot by a number of persons to cause mayhem at the Gomoa Buduburam settlement and threaten the security of Ghana.
According to him, Government is aware of the presence of a number of ex-combatants at the settlement and will, therefore, not sit down unconcerned for the country’s security to be jeopardized. Bertels also told the press the Ghanaian Government is considering closing down the Buduburam refugee camp in the Central Region after it has repatriated the last batch of the Liberian refugees this year.
This is due to the closeness of the resettlement site to the country’s capital, Accra, which officials fear could pose a threat to the nation’s security.
Ghana continue to maintained its hard line in the standoff with Liberian refugees which culminated in the deportation of 16 of them and removal of more than 600 others from their camp just west of the capital, Accra, and said a “firm decision” had been taken that all of them must return home.
Ghanaians love to think of themselves as the most hospitable people in all Africa, but by treating helpless women and refugees like they were the scum of the earth, they have dug a hole they can never get out of, is this their idea of hospitality? Our late president Samuel Doe once said the town trap is not for rat alone, today Ghana may be stable but who knows what will happen in the future, we will forever remember what they did to our people, in our time of need you give us a place to lay our head but at the same time insulted and abuse us, what could we have done? after all a beggar has no choice, he must accept what is given him.
The xenophobia cause by the Ghanaian interior minister’s hatred and his disgust of Liberian refugees in his country is shameful but it’s yet another reason why our government must do all it can to bring our people home, they are not stray dogs for Ghanaians to do or say what ever they feel like to them, enough is enough, after all no man is an island, thank you for your hospitality, but our people will take their chances at home.

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