shopping for lappa

Lisa buying lappa, the colorful African printed fabric, in Waterside Market, Monrovia, Liberia.

Lisa buying lappa, the colorful African printed fabric, in Waterside Market, Monrovia, Liberia.

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Captive

A black duiker calf, taken from the forest, adjusts to new surroundings in Monrovia, Liberia. It has recently become illegal to take wildlife from the bush for purpose of pet trade or bush meat selling.

A black duiker calf, taken from the forest, adjusts to new surroundings in Monrovia, Liberia. It has recently become illegal to engage in wildlife trafficking for purpose of pet trade or bush meat selling.

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As if Monrovia needs more rain.

Narrow alleys funnel funnel  the rains from Benson Street.

Narrow alleys funnel the rains from Benson Street.

A broken sidewalk becomes a river to cross on Benson Street in Monrovia.

A broken sidewalk becomes a river to cross on Benson Street in Monrovia.

A man waits with patience for the rain to end.

A man waits with patience for the rain to end.

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flooding in the streets, Monrovia, Liberia

Heavy rains contribute to flooding in the streets of Monrovia. Plastic trash carried by floodwaters clog street drains, backing up the flow of water, especially in low-lying neighborhoods such as Waterside in Monrovia.

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Pedestrians are challenged to find detours around flooded sidewalks, and ke-ke’s, motorbikes and cars plow slowly through shallow stretches until they can no longer maneuver. Shopkeepers are unable to conduct business. Additional problems like hidden potholes, dislodged manhole covers, and water contaminated by human waste contribute to a health and safety crisis.

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Blue Lake, Tubmanburg, Liberia

Blue Lake, near Tubmanburg, Liberia. A man-made lake, the result of an open mine filling with water.

Blue Lake, near Tubmanburg, Liberia. A man-made lake, the result of an open mine filling with water.

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rain

Dealing with rainy season. Monrovia, Liberia.

Dealing with rainy season. Monrovia, Liberia.

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selling eggs

eggs2sell_DKortephotoSelling eggs on the street, a young Liberian balances dozens of eggs on her head. Monrovia, Liberia.

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Liberian bus

Cargo_DKortephotoMass transit, Liberian style. Laborers on their way to a work site along UN Drive in Monrovia, Liberia.

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Selling flags in the street

FlagMan_DKortephotoSelling flags in advance of Liberia Independence Day. Liberia became an independent republic on July 26, 1847, declaring independence from the American Colonization Society.

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Waterside, Monrovia

A fading set of taxi-driver rules suggest a more civil Monrovia from the past. No drunk driving…no driving with muscle arm…no driving with slippers…no abusing on the ground…. These days, anything goes, until it doesn’t.

Mr. Duncan stepped up to clarify: muscle arm is a sleeveless shirt, slippers are flip-flops, abusing is cursing.

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