Monrovia and Paynesville are Drowning in Plastic; One Company Tries to Help

MONROVIA – Waste plastic is becoming a scourge around the world but it is especially true here in Liberia’s capital city and its satellite sister, Paynesville. Discarded plastic is choking waterways, blocking drains, killing fish, and leaching harmful chemicals into the water and soil. By Tina S. Mehnpaine, with New Narratives With poor or limited waste management…

Victims of Liberian Warlord Convicted in France Celebrate Verdict

After a nearly four-week trial in the Paris Court of Appeal Kamara was found guilty of torture, barbarism and complicity crimes against humanity this week and was sentenced to life in prison. As evelyn Kpadeh Seagbeh reports for Okay FM and PrimeFM Kunti’s victims in Foya say the French court’s ruling is long overdue justice…

Foya Victims Celebrate Kamara Conviction

By Evelyn Kpadeh Seagbeh with New Narratives NGISAKONJA, Lofa County – Evelyn Pillo points to the spot where her father’s house once sat. It was here that her family endured the horrors that, she says, haunt them to this day. In 1993 when troops with the United Liberia Movement of Liberia (Ulimo) took control of…

Two Young Liberian Entrepreneurs are Building a Business and Creating Jobs

Ask any university graduate and they’ll tell you: It’s hard to get a job in Liberia right now. That reality is pushing a lot of budding entrepreneurs to strike out on their own. Economists say Liberia needs more successful companies if the economy is to grow and create jobs. That’s the motivation behind a range…

Local Farmers Embark On Snail Farming In Grand Bassa County

(Last Updated On: November 3, 2022) PHOTO: One of the local Farmer, Emmanuel Giddings By King Brown with New Narratives KPANDY TOWN, Grand Bassa County – For Emmanuel Giddings, raising snails is second nature. The 47-year-old farmer has been raising, selling and eating the mollusks since he was a child. Giddings’ late father used to sell snails…

How the Liberian Government has Silenced Accountability in Runup to Elections

Three months after the government raced an act through the Legislature overhauling the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Liberia’s independent corruption watchdog has almost ceased functioning, all but ending scrutiny of government corruption in the runup to next year’s election. As Varney Dukuly reports for Okay FM a source inside the Commission, who requested anonymity for fear…

How the Government Silenced Accountability in Runup to Election

By Tina S. Mehnpaine with New Narratives Three months after the government raced an act through the Legislature overhauling the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Liberia’s independent corruption watchdog has almost ceased functioning, all but ending scrutiny of government corruption in the runup to next year’s election. A source inside the Commission, who requested anonymity for fear…

Accused Liberian Warlord Calls Plaintiffs Criminals in Paris War Crimes Trial

By Anthony Stephens with New Narratives PARIS, France—Kunti Kamara has lashed out at the ten plaintiffs in his trial for crimes against humanity here calling them “criminals” and professing his innocence on charges of cannibalism, torture, rape, murder and forced labor. Kamara, 47, has conceded he was a commander with the United Liberation Movement of…

Why the International War Crimes Trials of Liberians Matter

By Massa Washington, commissioner of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission for New Narratives PARIS, France – The trial of former Ulimo battalion commander, Kunti Kamara aka “Kunti K.” ends its third week. Kamara is being tried for crimes against humanity, torture, forced labor and acts of barbarism, in the town of Foya in Lofa Country, Western…

Court Abruptly Adjoins as Inconsolable Witness Reflects on alleged Rape and Ill-treatment by Kamara’s Soldier on Emotional Day of Trial

PARIS, France – The judge in the ongoing war crimes trial of Kunti Kamara abruptly adjourned the hearing on Tuesday after an inconsolable witness began a graphic description of her alleged rape by a soldier under Kamara’s command.  It was an emotional day of testimony that saw two witnesses break down in tears as they described…