Monthly Archives: June 2017

crossing Benson Street

Crossing Benson Street in pouring rain, an assault on the senses. Curtains of water shimmering in the wind, a crack of thunder, soggy diesel, the sweetness of water dripping from my lip. Every person for themselves. Monrovia, Liberia.

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rain in Monrovia, Liberia

Rainy season has arrived in Liberia. Monrovia is getting pounded by rain. Benson Street at Gurley, the bottom of a hill, cannot handle the deluge and floods to knee-deep, snarling traffic and stranding pedestrians wherever they can find shelter.

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Sekou Toure Avenue gang, Monrovia, Liberia

They crossed the street behind me, jay-walking between cars, footsteps closing in. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw I was outnumbered. I stepped to the side, hoping they would pass without incident. They were interested in what I was carrying. … Continue reading

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puppy mafia

Street corner puppy-mafia. Your choice, $10 for the scrawny ones, $15 for the cute ones. Cash.

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pink dress

The girl in the pink dress carries water on a Saturday morning, weaving a colorful memory beneath an open window.

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Daily routine

Throughout Liberia, families carry water from streams and wells for daily use. In Monrovia, drinking water needs to be boiled, bought or filtered. Some forested areas above villages still have clear-flowing streams with potable water.

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East Nimba Nature Reserve, Liberia

The General, Ranger Sando, led our trek to the international border with Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Liberia. The ridge overlooking three countries was part of the East Nimba Nature Reserve. Clouds rising from the forests below create a lush and … Continue reading

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