Students at an American charity school in Liberia almost lost their institution to a notorious sex abuse scandal, forcing the academy to close. Then a new, Liberian-run organization formed to re-open the school. In Monrovia, Monique John follows one student on her first day back in class. This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.
Liberia, Africa's oldest republic, heads to presidential and parliamentary polls on Tuesday. Twenty candidates are vying to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she steps down this year at the end of her second term. The top campaign issues include infrastructure and healthcare, both challenges that were laid bare by the devastating Ebola epidemic that ended in June of last year. Monique John reports for VOA from Monrovia.
Liberian women have been internationally recognized for their peaceful activism that helped bring an end to 14 years of civil war. However peace has not brought [gender] parity. Despite Liberia having the continent's first female head of state, women remain underrepresented in elected office. As Liberia heads to nationwide polls Oct. 10, more women than ever are on the ballot demanding a change. Monique John reports for VOA from Monrovia.