Back in Liberia…

It’s been two years – and a lot of change. An huge amount of construction, new buildings everywhere, road resurfacing going on all over town and a lot of that is thanks to the Chinese.

And of course, some things stay the same. Monrovia is very noisy, overcrowded (an educated estimate is that half of Liberia’s population of 3.5m live in the capital) and – er, did I say noisy? But then: find the havens. A new bookstore on the main drag through the vast Sinkor suburb. An arts gallery, set up by the self-taught painter Leslie Lumeh (there will be more on him on Radio Netherlands shortly). A quiet open air bar, still running in a quiet street in Sinkor. Simply called…”Under the Tree”. Next to a garbage dump but no matter…

More to come then, from this place, astonishing as ever. But I will keep the messages brief because one thing has not changed at all (even when I am sending this through a WiFi connection) – the internet is very slow……..


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