(Written and published September 2012)
Liberian Journalist D K Sengbeh in the General Assembly Hall in 2012
The war was raging. Fighters on both sides were shooting and launching bombs indiscriminately. Stray bullets flew, striking innocent people. Exploding bombs killed civilians and damaged buildings, often the innocent – particularly women and children – disfigured and maimed for life.
Fourteen years of back-to- civil war, from 1989 to 2003, had turned Liberia into a failed state, presenting a humanitarian situation more catastrophic than what the world is watching unfold in Syria. More than a million people, clustered in the country’s ravaged capital, Monrovia – a city built for just 500,000 residents – were losing hope. Continue reading
Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Frances Johnson Allison
The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and stakeholders have validated Liberia’s responses to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) comprehensive self-assessment checklist in preparation for the peer review of Liberia as a state party.
The UNCAC comprehensive self-assessment checklist was validated at a one-day workshop organized by the LACC, which took place on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in the conference room of the National Elections Commission in Sinkor. The workshop brought together relevant government ministries, the private sector, civil society and the media. Continue reading
The European Commission (EU) has announced an extension of its aid portfolio to Liberia in the tune of €279 million approximately $384.07 million for the period of 2014 – 2020 under the 11th European Development Fund, the Ministry of Finance has disclosed. Continue reading
UNMIL Coordinator Karin Landgren in an interview on October 14, 2012
Liberia is enjoying 10 years of peace, but pockets of violence still survive in the country, and the Special Representative of the secretary General and head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Karin Landgren has alarmed that these violent incidents are concerns for the sustenance of the country’s won peace.
Two days of violent actions on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct 29 & 30) in Monrovia by motorcyclists and state-run University of Liberian students left properties damaged and several, including police officers, wounded.
Motorcyclists on Tuesday set ablaze a transport bus after an accident in which one of their colleagues was killed, while UL students disrupted normal academic activities for two days, including rioting with the police, after the university closed registration following a preannounced deadline. Continue reading
Seven Liberian engineers have left the country for Jarkata, Indonesia, where they will take graduate studies in Mill Engineering under the full sponsorship of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a giant oil palm company.
GVL entered a 65-year agreement with Government of Liberia in 2009 to develop approximately 500,000 acres of land in three counties—Sinoe, River Gee and Rivercess—into oil palm plantation. but there are huge capacity gaps in the with respect to experts who could make the company meet its goals.
Recipients of the scholarship including Joseph Garwor S. Nyemah Kreejardiah, W. Aloysius Kpogbah, Kokulo G. Kpanyanwu, Theophilus T. K. Kambo and Edward Howard
The beneficiaries of the GVL international scholarship program are expected to return to Liberia in about two years to take up managerial positions at the company, construct and run mills, and contribute to the rebuilding of Liberia. Continue reading
Meeting United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon face-to-face, shaking his hand and listening to him across the same table in the same room was one of my greatest achievements at the 2012 Reham Al-Ferra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program that took place at the UN Headquarters both in New York and Geneva.
Liberian Journalist Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh in a warm handshake with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2012
When I started applying for the fellowship in May 2012, little did I know that what I was seeking could open altogether a new chapter in my life, expand my scope of understanding of international affairs (politics, humanitarian, environmental, etc.), take me to the top of the world and bring me face-to-face with top world leaders and UN officials including Mr. Ban.
The treasured day was September 19, 2012. The door opened. Continue reading
(Written September 2012)
By D KaihennehSengbeh
Partial view of the UN Headquarters where the event took place
I was very thrilled Friday (September, 21) when I participated in the official observance of the International Day of Peace at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
I followed the activities with inquisitiveness and penetrating eyes, especially when UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right before me, rang the Peace Bell, followed by the President of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremić, after each made brief statements.
The UN Chorus then rendered a lovely “peace” song, before beautiful white doves were released into the sunny skies—flying high above the UN headquarters—to carry the messages of peace throughout the world: to Sudan, Syria, Congo, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire and, of course, Liberia and other violent conflict-choked regions. Continue reading