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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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.

In Liberia, Ebola Is a Strain on All Facets of Life

The dreaded Ebola virus that has infected three West African nations has created a sense of panic and stress in Liberia.

Global Week in Review: Plane Passenger Dies of Ebola, Possibly Spreads Virus

Pilots in crashed Air Algerie flight asked to turn back, plus more global news.

Commentary: In West Africa, Ebola Is Taking a Physical and Emotional Toll

It’s time for more international attention to be devoted to the deadly Ebola virus.
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