Lofa County, Liberia

Lofa County is the northernmost point in Liberia, sharing a border with Sierra Leone and Guinea. As of 2008 census the county of 9900 square kilometers had a population of more than 276,000. Rice, cassava, cocoa and sugarcane are the most common agricultural products. Logging is big industry as forests are being harvested for large trees in addition to the slash and burn practice of clear-cutting for agriculture.

Curiosity of white-man draws little people of a rural village to approach, with caution.

Curiosity of white-man draws little people of a rural village to approach, with caution.

A young woman in Foya market with a variation on the cornrow style. Foya lies near the border with Sierra Leone and Guinea, in Lofa County.

A young woman in Foya market with a variation on the cornrow style. Foya lies near the border with Sierra Leone and Guinea, in Lofa County.

Five girls in a rural village in Lofa County.

Five girls in a rural village in Lofa County.

Blacksmith hammering a knife-blade to shape.

Blacksmith hammering a knife-blade to shape.

A blacksmith shapes knives and farm implements into shape.

A blacksmith shapes knives and farm implements in his outdoor shop.

An overturned truck blocks the road in Zorzor District, Lofa County. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

An overturned truck blocks the road in Zorzor District, Lofa County. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

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