Liberia Democracy in Focus

A Bill Banning Female Genital Cutting Looks Set for Defeat; Ulimo Commander Goes on Trial in Paris and a Logging Company is Exposed

ANOTHER BILL TO BAN FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING REACHES THE LEGISLATURE BUT DOES IT HAVE ANY CHANCE OF PASSING?

THE LATEST WARLORD TO FACE JUSTICE, KUNTI KAMARA OF ULIMO, GOES ON TRIAL IN PARIS THIS MONTH. WE HEAR FROM VICTIMS OF ULIMO IN LOFA.

IN RIVER CESS OUR INVESTIGATION FINDS ONE LOGGING COMPANY HAS SHIPPED THREE MILLION DOLLARS OF TIMBER WHILE TELLING THE COMMUNITY THEY HAVE SHIPPED NOTHING AND CAN’T MEET THEIR COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS. 


The Silent War on Liberia’s Children

Nearly two decades since the end of the civil wars Liberia’s children are still suffering. 2022 is on track to see one of the highest numbers of reported rape cases in the last five years. The vast majority of victims are under 18. Reporter Evelyn Kpadeh Seagbeh looks at why rape continues. 

In River Cess County, reporter Eric Opa Doue finds children struggling to get an education. He visits five schools that have been shut down and finds others barely functioning. The crisis in Liberia’s rural schools continues.

And we hear from two internationally acclaimed investigative journalists Ruona Meyer of the Solutions Journalism Network and Idris Akinbajo of Nigerian newsroom Premium Times.