Liberians launch inquiry into ‘More Than Me’ allegations

Liberians launch inquiry into ‘More Than Me’ allegations

The fallout for the More Than Me (MTM) organization, based in the United States but operating in Liberia, has led to swift changes following the release last week of new investigative reporting by ProPublica and Time on sexual abuse at the Monrovia MTM girls’ academy. The in-depth reporting by Finlay Young and…

Hundreds of Liberians march in ‘Bring Our Money Back’ protest

Hundreds of Liberians took to the streets of Monrovia on Monday, demanding accountability for the USD$103.4 million that officials say has disappeared from the country’s central bank. Emmanuel Gonquoi, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters in Liberia (EFFL), and the COCUBOMB civil society organization (it stands for Concerned Citizens United…

Liberian activists call for mass protest over missing millions

Opposition politicians in Liberia are calling for a nationwide strike on Monday, demanding accountability for the USD$103.4 million that officials say has disappeared from the country’s central bank. Emmanuel Gonquoi is head of the Economic Freedom Fighters in Liberia (EFFL), which is modeled on the far-left EFF led by Julius…

Doctors Without Borders responds to BBC report on sexual misconduct

The global NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has issued a statement saying it has been unable to confirm allegations that its logistics staff members working in Africa were commonly engaged in sexual misconduct, but takes the allegations seriously. The response Thursday followed a BBC report featuring interviews with former employees…

EU signs new economic agreement with Liberia

The European Union has signed a new Economic Cooperation Agreement with Liberia, and provided an initial €27 million in funding for the West African nation’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The commitment follows President George Weah’s trip to attend the annual European Development Days (EDD) Summit, held this week…

U.S. sentences accused Liberian warlord Jabbateh to 30 years

Mohammed Jabbateh, a Liberian living in the United States, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a guilty verdict in October on charges of immigration fraud and perjury. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) identified Jabbateh as a brutal warlord during the 1992-1995 years of Liberia’s first civil…

U.S. ends protected status policy for Liberians

The United States said Tuesday it is ending its long-standing protected status policy for Liberians, one that allowed them to continue living in the U.S. under one of two programs dating back to 1991 and the civil war. “I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved,” said President…

Mnangagwa to pitch Zimbabwe recovery plan at Africa CEO Forum

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has arrived in Côte d’Ivoire, where he was greeted by President Alassane Ouattara as both head for the Africa CEO Forum to be held Monday in Tuesday in Abidjan. Mnangagwa will present his plans for economic recovery, and with former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo will participate…