Sunday morning, 12th Street Island

Bird club gathered for an adventure to 12th Street Island on the Mesurado River in the Sinkor community of Monrovia. It is nice to see some of the birdlife here in Liberia, and even nicer to see the communities that coexist in these bird habitats.

Footbridges carry people among the islands of the Mesurado River in Monrovia.

Footbridges carry people among the islands of the Mesurado River in Monrovia.

Pied kingfisher, a striking black and white robin-sized bird, passes over a footbridge.

Pied kingfisher, a striking black and white robin-sized bird, passes over a footbridge.

A wooden canoe passes among mangroves bordering 12th Street Island.

A wooden canoe passes among mangroves bordering 12th Street Island.

 

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TGIF

From Monrovia, Liberia. May your weekend be filled with play.

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Testimony

Robertsport, Liberia.

Inspecting a net on a beached fishing canoe, Testimony plays for a picture. Testimony is 26 years old and in 10th grade of school. He is proud that he can read and shows by scratching words in the sand. Liberia’s civil wars (1989-2003) devastated the education system, which has been slow to recover. Today, adults are trying to complete an education missed as children.

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Ruby King

Westpoint, Monrovia, Liberia. Ruby King, boss-man of Pop canoe, strikes a pose on Fante Beach before heading out to sea for a night of fishing.

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Barack Obama International Foundation School, Paynesville, Liberia.

Students line up, grade by grade, for lunch of rice and greens at the Obama School kitchen.

Students line up, grade by grade, for lunch of rice and greens at the Obama School kitchen.

Lunch on the courtyard-playground shared with friends.

Lunch on the courtyard-playground shared with friends.

Sistahz. Schoolgirls share their lunch "family style" with lively conversation.

Sistahz. Schoolgirls share their lunch “family style” with lively conversation.

Water is life. A quick drink before recess activities like jumping rope begins.

Water is life. A quick drink before recess activities like jumping rope begins.

Tie together some plastic bags and you have a jump-rope.

Tie together some plastic bags and you have a jump-rope.

“Please sir, a picture please.” Amid a gaggle of kids running and jabbering, she discretely slips into spectacles and hat, striking a pose as if no-one else were present. Time stands still for a brief moment.

“Please sir, a picture please.” Amid a gaggle of kids running and jabbering, she discretely slips into spectacles and hat, striking a pose as if no-one else were present. Time stands still for a brief moment.

End of recess means back to class as schoolgirls linger after the bell.

End of recess means back to class as schoolgirls linger after the bell.

Best friends hang out after school together.

Best friends hang out after school together.

Chillaxin' before dinner.

Chillaxin’ before the walk home.

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family life, Paynesville, Liberia

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Dancing with a Gio Devil

A Gio Devil dances along Sekou Toure Avenue in the Mamba Point neighborhood of Monrovia. Devils are part of Liberian culture. The counties throughout Liberia, and their resident cultures, have variations on the country devil theme and bestow upon their activities a serious intent.

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Rose-ringed parakeet

Look up! Through the trees. The clamor of Rose-ringed parakeets precedes their arrival as small flocks cruise above the canopy looking for a perch.

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All Hallows’ Eve

A colony of bats going a-souling as twilight settles over the African forest.

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courting Plantain Eaters

A pair of Plantain eaters play tag in the tree canopy on a sunny morning in Monrovia.

A pair of Plantain eaters play tag in the tree canopy on a sunny morning in Monrovia.

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