Liberia

Liberia is a country in West Africa that was colonized beginning in the 1820s by freed American slaves with the assistance of the American Colonization Society, an organization that believed that former slaves would have greater freedom and equality in West Africa. In 1847, Liberia became an independent nation with a government that was patterned after that of the United States. The country operated with a good deal of stability until 1980 when the government of President William Tolbert was overthrown in a bloody coup. By the end of that decade, the country was in the midst of a full-blown civil war. In the early 2000s the country’s 14-year war ended, after the deaths of 250,000 Liberians and the exodus of tens of thousands of the nation's citizens, many to the United States and Europe. In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated woman with experience in international finance, was elected president, the first women elected as a head of state in Africa. She was reelected in 2011, the same year she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Global Week in Review: Ebola Deaths Could Reach 1 Million by January

Death toll in Nigeria church collapse rises to 115, plus more global news.

Liberia Asks U.S. for Aid for Ebola Treatment

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asks for financial support to buy 1,500 beds.

West Africans Get Creative With Ebola Awareness Campaigns

From Liberia to Ivory Coast, many have launched music videos, songs and bucket challenges to increase awareness about this deadly disease.

Liberian Doctors to Receive Experimental Ebola Drug

Some critics claim that more Africans should be given access to the treatment.

Former Liberian Soccer Star Weah Records Ebola Song

George Weah created a song to raise awareness about the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.

As Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort, WHO Plans $100 Million Response

Since March 2014, about 1,323 confirmed and suspected cases have been reported and more than 700 people have died.
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