Wednesday, June 2, 2010

You're going where?

I'm going to Liberia!
Liberia is a West African country, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote D'Ivoire and the Atlantic Ocean. It is about the size of Tennessee with a population of just over 3 million people. Monrovia, the capital city, is named after the 5th American president, James Monroe.
Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world...there is an 85% unemployment rate, 75% of people do not have access to proper sanitation, 40% of children under 5 are malnurished... I could go on and on....
I've been told to pack my rain coat. Monrovia is the rainiest capital city in the world with over 12 feet of rain a year. At 12 feet a year, I don't think a rain coat will help very much but I packed it anyway.
Liberia is home to one of West Africa's largest rain forests... with pygmy hippos!!
I won't know exactly where in Liberia I will be posted until I arrive in country... suspense.... stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. OMG pygmy hippos?
    You're never coming home!