African: Liberian Outreach
I started making this website after a recent article in the Morris paper (down below). I've met a Liberian once before in Morris. She was actually a college student attending UMM, but I didn't really get a chance to get to ask her more about her and the country she came from. I decided to do more re"search" on this unique country today (Tuesday, January 30th of 2007) after PCS told me about some Liberians starting to work in their group homes. I found one of many interesting facts this evening, which is the origins of the name "Liberia" (free African-American slaves in the 1800's-cool!).
Morris Area Elementary School to LiberiaMorris Sun Tribune
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2007
" The Orphan Grain Train semi trailer was fully loaded with the supplies and volunteers unloaded the desks and chairs from one trailer and into the semi. The Orphan Grain Train is a non-governmental Christian organization which aims to aid underpriveleged children and elderly around the world.
A People Torn: Liberians in Minnesota, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Tuesday, February 20th 2007)
Cleo Harris: 'I just don't know what to do'
"But indigenous tribes did not welcome the newly arrived "Americo-Liberians." Over time, this tension erupted into the violence that eventually drove Harris and throngs of others back across the Atlantic to America, seeking sanctuary.
And now they may be sent back once again.
The sudden departure of thousands would be a dramatic change to their communities. Officials are just beginning to assess what would happen if hundreds of houses are dumped on the market, if dozens of nursing homes lose skilled workers, if scores of children are pulled from school or left behind."
Waiting for the smoke to clear: Liberians in Minnesota
by Rob Schmitz, Minnesota Public Radio
August 1, 2003
"As peacekeeping troops wait to enter Liberia, there's another, less visible, group waiting in the wings in Minnesota. More than 20,000 Liberians live in exile in the Twin Cities. Many of these are young Liberians who are in school receiving training and developing skills to rebuild their homeland. "
"The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Project was launched by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights on June 22, 2006. The project is designed to give Liberian refugees in the U.S. a role in promoting international justice and human rights as part of the truth and reconciliation process in Liberia. The project will also raise awareness of transitional justice mechanisms and the Liberian process here in the United States. Minnesota Advocates is working directly with Liberia’s recently inaugurated Truth and Reconciliation Commission to develop this project.
Organization of Liberians in Minnesota
Liberia and America, from Time Magazine
CIA World Factbook
Maps of Liberia, from UofTexas
All About Liberia
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