U.S. Liberians Rejoice, Their Countrymen Worry

MONROVIA, Liberia — While steering us through the melee of downtown traffic yesterday, a Liberian friend who runs a local NGO casually remarked that if the United States were to relax its visa restrictions, everyone in Liberia would pack their bags and head Stateside. I think he was only half-kidding. While there have been some positive signs of development — newly paved roads, more businesses and that most potent sign of economic empowerment, sushi bars — the situation for most Liberians seems pretty precarious. Last Thursday, Ellen Margarethe Løj, the U.N. special representative for Liberia, painted a pretty cautionary picture […]

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