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September 19, 2003

Great News on Liberia

Brought to us by Naunihal Singh

Great news on tap for Liberia.

Mains electricity will be restored to parts of Monrovia within a few days, more then 10 years after it was cut off during fighting that damaged a hydro-electric power station, the European Union representative in Liberia said on Wednesday.

Geoffery Rudd told reporters that power would be restored gradually using a diesel generator and fuel supplied by the EU.

"For the past days the EU in collaboration with the Liberia Electricity Corporation [the state power company] have tested the power distribution lines in Monrovia," he told reporters. "Within a matter of days, electricity will be supplied once more."

It sounds like things are quickly improving in Liberia. Again, one of the things that I like most about this situation is that Africans did the majority of the heavy lifting here. Certainly, it will require aid and assistance from Western nations to help get Liberia running again--the problems are too big to go away in just a number of months.

Still, the idea that other African nations can help to police their own corrupt leaders, and can help to re-build the failed states, is a good one.

Read the rest.

Thanks very much to Naunihal for sending this story.

Posted by zombyboy at September 19, 2003 12:59 PM

The question then is why can Monrovia's power get turned on while Baghdad still has problems?

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at September 19, 2003 10:09 PM

In Liberia they're talking about having *some* electricity on. In Baghdad there is some electricity, it's just not on all the time. Very different expectations. Also, in Baghdad there is sabotage in an organized fashion. I'm not defending the administration, just trying to point out that the goals in these two places are different, as are the obstacles.

Posted by: Naunihal at September 20, 2003 01:19 PM

are there any restaurants, stores and internet cafes in liberia right now.

Posted by: Tracy Moore at March 17, 2004 04:03 AM

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Posted by: African Safari at October 8, 2004 07:10 AM

For sure there are restaurants,stores, and internet cafes in Liberia. How are emails coming out of liberia. When individuals are not eating home they must be eating out probably to a restaurant. I am very sure that the people in Liberia are not walking around in nu outfit. All in all Liberia has been through a serious crisis period but this country it not at its lowest ebb.

Posted by: Gonda Watson at January 3, 2005 07:55 PM
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