Liberian school children in the courtyard at Cathedral High School as students arrive in the morning to attend class in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. 

How we make decisions about politics in the aftermath of conflict

Critical State

During Liberia’s civil war, thousands of school children missed out on schooling. Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, looks at the impact of school interruptions on the future politics of those children who missed out during the conflict.

A woman stands in silhouette against a blue sky.

Liberians hesitate to apply for permanent resident status in US over daunting process

A woman prays during a service

‘It doesn’t feel very real’: Liberian immigrants in US rejoice at pathway to citizenship

Alfred Brownell

This Liberian lawyer risked his life to save West Africa’s last remaining rainforest from palm oil developers

Conflict & Justice
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Liberia was founded by people enslaved in the US. Advocates say the US should not end an immigration program that helps them.

Global Politics
Ellen Sirleaf wears a grey headwrap and robe as she speaks to a man in a blue suit.

Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf: Women’s icon with nerves of steel

Global Politics

Ellen Sirleaf, the first elected president in Liberia who has served two six-year terms, will preside over the country’s first democratic transfer of power since 1944

Wilmot Collins gestures across table to a woman who he is speaking with

His message to new refugees in Montana: ‘You have to have thick skin’


In his first months in the US, Wilmot Collin’s home was graffitied by racists. But he still stayed.

Miatta reads

Once a refugee, she’s opened one of Liberia’s few bookstores, where children can read about themselves


It’s hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It’s even harder when children’s books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia’s civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.

The blood of a survivor of the Ebola virus is extracted as part of a study launched at Liberia's John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, June 17, 2015.

West Africa is Ebola-free. Or is it?


Liberia is Ebola-free, says the World Health Organization. But experts say that the problem of Ebola is far from over.

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These women show what it looks like to survive Ebola in Liberia


Photographer Keiko Hiromi recently documented grassroots efforts by Liberian NGOs to fight Ebola and the stigma impacting survivors.