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In fulfillment of a promise to spend Christmas with the people of Gbarpolu County, and the people of the once remote notorious prison town of Belle Yellah, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the delight of the people kept her promise when she and a host of Government officials and members of the diplomatic corp visited their town on Christmas day.

For the first time in the nation’s history, the town once famous for the political prisons where previous governments locked up dissidents is being linked to the rest of the country by a motor road being constructed by the Government.

The President is reported to have walked about three hours to reach the town by foot, when it became clear road construction crews from the ministry of public works would not be able to clear the thick jungle fast enough for the Presidential convoy that was following behind, to reach the town by Christmas day.

With Government officials and the Ambassadors of the United States and China following, the President walked through the dense Belle forest, crossing creeks, connected sometimes only by makeshift bridges that challenged even those who use them regularly.
The crowd sang and danced while women spread their lappas on the ground as the President and her entourage walked to the recently constructed meeting place for an official program. County officials, led by Superintendant Gertrude Larmine and the Legislative Caucus, were present, and lavished praises on the President for fulfilling her promise to spend the Christmas with them.

The President thanked the citizens for the warm welcome, and reiterated that her visit was in fulfillment of a promise to the people of Belle Yellah that she would spend the Christmas with them. She apologized for the delay in reaching the town, but assured them they would spend Christmas night together.

The Liberian President also thanked all those who had made the trip, taking time from their families to spend Christmas in Belle Yellah. She was particularly full of praises for the Minister of Public Works and his engineering crew for their hard work. “We intend to turn Belle Yellah into a place of hope from a place of horror,” the President told journalists later in an interview. // The decision by the President to spend the night in Belle Yellah took many residents by surprise since accommodation, especially for a President, poses some challenges, which the President acknowledged. “We will all stay up, tell stories, and dance as it is done when a stranger comes to your town and there are no sleeping places,” the President suggested.

It was worth the wait because, as the night progressed, and with the President keeping her word and staying awake, enjoying the traditional music and dance, there came word that the road crew was about to enter the town. The news spread like wildfire, and like an army of ants, residents, with their flashlights, began to move towards the construction site to witness, firsthand, the history that was unfolding before their very eyes.

At 3:15 a.m., the first vehicle, a caterpillar, followed by a fleet of vehicles, roared into Belle Yellah as its residents chanted. they hugged one another and welcomed the convoy into Belle Yellah – the first entry of a motor vehicle, a dream – which the President described as a fulfillment of a promise to the people of Gbarpolu to end the isolation of the town and bring development to the area.

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On july 26 1847 11 men, representing diffrent parts of the commonwealth of Liberia, and led by Hilary Teage, signed the Liberian Declaration of Independence. By signing the declaration of independence these men told the world that a new country, and the first free negro nation on the African continent was born. they were Samuel Benedict, Hilary Teage, Elijah Johnson, John Naustehlau Lewis, Beverly R. Wilson and J.B. Gripon from Montserrado County; John Day, Amos Herring, Anthony William Gardiner and Ephriam Titler from Grand Bassa County; and Jacob W. Prout and Richard E. Murray from Sinoe County.
So this july 26 we at home and abroad honored these patrioctic sons of Liberia for taking the first bold step in putting our country on to path to statehood.

Timeline of Key events in our country’s history….

In 1822, groups of freed Black Americans from the U.S. settled on the coast of Western Africa with a grant of $100,000 from President James Monroe.

Because of the inhumane way they were treated in America, many of the free slaves, after the American civil war of the 1860s decided to come to Africa, and start a new life.

Free slaves in America preparing to come to Liberia in 1862.

The Elizabeth brought the first group of free slaves to Africa in1822 and settle on an island called perseverance island. today its called the providence island.

In 1847, these settlers established the Republic of Liberia, the first independent country in Africa, they would then call their capital Monrovia for President James Monroe.


Susanna Lewis, and seven other women design the Liberian Flag, also know as the lone star.

 

The Liberian president residence as it looked in 1850.

The Liberian cabinet in the late 1800s.

Liberian 2 dollars of 1880.

1917 – Liberia declares war on Germany, giving the Allies a base in West Africa.


The city of Monrovia at the turn of the century, it was partially destroyed by a German U-boat when Liberia joined America and the allies in the first world war.

1926 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company opens rubber plantation on land granted by government. Rubber production becomes backbone of economy.

1936 – Forced-labour practices abolished.

1943 – William Tubman elected president.

1944 – Government declares war on the Axis powers.


President Edwin Barclay of Liberia chats with U.S president F.D.R

1951 May – Women and indigenous property owners vote in the presidential election for the first time.

1958 – Racial discrimination outlawed.

1971 – Tubman dies and is succeeded by William Tolbert Jr.

1979 – More than 40 people are killed in riots following a proposed increase in the price of rice

1980 – Master Sergeant Samuel Doe stages military coup. Tolbert and 13 of his aides are publicly executed. A People’s Redemption Council headed by Doe suspends constitution and assumes full powers.

1989 – National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) led by Charles Taylor begins an uprising against the government.
1990 – Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) sends peacekeeping force. Doe is executed by a splinter group of the NPFL.

2003 August – Nigerian peacekeepers arrive. Charles Taylor leaves Liberia after handing power to his deputy Moses Blah. US troops arrive. Interim government and rebels sign peace accord in Ghana. Gyude Bryant chosen to head interim administration.

2005 23 November – Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf becomes the first woman to be elected as an African head of state. She takes office the following January.

 

The Beloved President of our proud nation continues to carry the hope of an entire country

Happy birthday Liberia, and Happy independence day to all my countrymen at home and all across the globe, our country turn 161 years old on the 26 of July this year, let us again reflect on the last 2 decades of our country’s recent past, and pray for the almost 200,000 of our countrymen who died in a senseless war,all the while holding our heads up high, for the future holds nothing but possibilities, and always rembering the words of our national anthem, In union strong success is sure, we cannot fail, and that we are all in the same boat together, one nation, one people, and one commom destiny. God bless us all.

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Today i was reading an article on the Front page Africa website about two advocacy groups calling for regime change and declaring Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a war crime suspects, therefore they are forbiding her not to represent the country in an official capacity unless she is vindicated in a court of law.
The two groups, the Forum for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court based in Liberia and Solidarity and Trust for A New Day based in the United States, are led by former presidential candidate T. Q. Harris, and Mulbah Morlu, two people who have no business what so ever, or the moral characters to be accusing anybody of anything, let alone to be making stupid and irresponsible declarations, and calling for regime change of a sitting President.
These fools love to sit in the United States and throw stones and hide their hands, they have nothing to offer the Liberian people but their stupidity, and when other people roll their sleeves to do the heavy lifting, they have the audacity to criticize them.
The President has proven time and time again beyond all doubts that she is able and willing to deliver the goods for the Liberian people, if anything in my opinion she is one of the best presidents Liberia ever had, and these fools must know, some of us who are admirer of the president, will defend her vigorously against such stupid and silly talks.
here is a video of some of the great work the president is doing.

Let T.Q Harris and Mulba Morlu be reminded that the president was duly elected by the Liberian people, and at such calling for regime change of a sitting President can be consider treason, so if they don’t have anything to contribute to the development of our country, they should just shut the hell up and let the lady do her job. Long live the President and Long live the peoples of Liberia.

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President George W. Bush arrived on Thursday in Liberia, the United States’ staunchest ally in Africa, where he pledged to support the country’s efforts to rebuild after a crippling civil war.
“I want the people of Liberia to know, Madame President, the United States stands with you,” Bush told Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “We want to help you recover from a terrible period. We want you to build lives of hope and peace, and under your leadership, that’s exactly what’s happening” he told the cheering audience, “It’s easier to tear a country down than it is to rebuild a country,” Bush said. “And the people of this good country must understand the United States will stand with you as you rebuild your country.
While in Liberia, Bush also promised to give the country one million textbooks by the start of the next school year and enough desks and chairs for 10,000 students.
Liberia was the final stop on Bush’s six-day tour of Africa. He is the first US leader in 30 years to visit Liberia, a nation founded in the 1820s by slaves freed by the United States.

The U.S and Liberian presidents prepare to inspect the honor guards

Liberian Troops marched pass the president Bush during the honor guards review.

The car carrying both president sirleaf and Bush arrives at the Executive Mansion.

Traditional dancers were on hand to welcome the U.S President o Liberia

U.S. President George W. Bush walks with President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during an arrival ceremony at Spriggs Payne Airport in Monrovia.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, welcome the U.S president and his wife to Liberia.

U.S. President George W. Bush and President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf walk past an honor guard during an arrival ceremony at Spriggs Payne Airport in Monrovia.

President George Bush and President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inspect an honor guard at Barclay Training Center in Monrovia.

Traditional Liberian dancers perform prior to President Bush’s arrival for a lunch, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, in Monrovia, Liberia

President George W. Bush receives the key to the city of Monrovia from Mayor Ophelia Hoss-Saytumah in Monrovia.

U.S. President George W. Bush walks past Liberian dancers to join an outdoor lunch with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the Executive Residence in Monrovia .

President Bush waves after recieving Liberia’s highest Honor, at the Executive mansion.

President Bush is presented with Liberia’s highest civilian honor by Liberian president Sirleaf.

Liberians line the streets to welcome U.S. President George W. Bush in Monrovia.

U.S. President George W. Bush and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today held bilateral talks of mutual interest at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital.

Today was not officially declared a national holiday in Liberia, but with thousands that gathered in the streets of Monrovia to welcome United States President George W. Bush, it certainly felt like one. School children, government workers, market women, and street peddlers lined the streets to welcome President Bush and his entourage to Liberia

Here is a video of some of today’s highlights

Liberia was the last stop for the president.

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Joshua Milton Blayee also known as the former General Butt naked now turned An evangelical pastor described the atrocities he and his men committed during the Liberian civil war, including magical rituals that involved slaughtering children and eating their hearts.
The former general spared no details on Tuesday as he told Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of his years with the now defunct ULIMO-J one of the most feared militias of the war. he said it was for the TRC to decide whether he should be given an amnesty or prosecuted.”I am willing to go to court if necessary,” he said. “And I will repeat just what I said here.” he also stunned the nation when he disclosed that a juju pot has been buried on the grounds of the Executive Mansion for the essence of providing maximal protection to the Executive and the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe.

Allen Nicholas, a former NPFL fighter, Also testifying said forces of the NPFL under the commend of the late Nelson gaye killed almost 600 men, women and children at Carter Camp. Nicholas also said the NPFL was responsible for the Duport Road Massacre. According to him, those who carried the mission bypassed ECOMOG before getting to Duport Road.
It will be hard for some of us to forgive and forget what these savages did.

Never again must we ever let these Barbarians take control of our country.

It is hard to comprehend what these people did to our country, what do we do now? do we forgive and let bygones be bygones?, What about the victims of these people cruelty don’t they deserved justice? we may forgive as a nation but how can we ever forget what these savages did? they have scar our nation forever, and i hope they live with that every single minute of their pathetic lives.

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As the trial of the former Liberian president, which started on the 7 of january, continues in Europe, many of us Liberians who saw first hand, his atrocities against the Liberian people could not help but think, finally justice will be given to thousands of people who died in this man senseless war, finally the once so called strong man of West Africa, must defend and answer charges of genocide not only against the Liberian people, but also against the peoples of Sierra Leone.
It is said that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but the barbarity, and savagery with which Charles Taylor and his band of criminals wage their war was beyond comprehension.
stories of his soldiers opening up pregnant women to see if the child is male or female, and the amputation of arms and legs of innocent men, women and children are widely known.
These savages, should and must pay for their actions.

Here is a report about the Liberian civil war by ABC news.

There is not an ounce of respect i have in me for these people, they have ruin our nation, scar our children, and traumatize a whole generation forever, let Charles Taylor rot in hell, he did not give people a chance to defend themselves in court, why should we ordinary Liberians care? that man is the Devil incarnate, and as far as i am concern he will be perfectly fine in hell, where he belongs.We will never forget what he and his people did to our beloved country, and they must all pay and pay dearly for what they did.

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Here is a brief video history of Liberia, i found very interesting. from its humble birth as a nation to the present day.
Liberia was relatively calm until 1980 when William Tolbert was overthrown by Sergeant Samuel Doe after rice riots. Liberia Africa’s oldest republic, became better known in the 90s for its brutal and, ruinous civil war and its role in a rebellion in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Today Liberia is trying to forget its recent past, and focus on nation rebuilding.

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