West Point afternoon

End of the road in West Point, where kids hang together in one of few open spaces in the community.

End of the road in West Point, where kids hang together in one of few open spaces in the community.

Joyride to nowhere. Question: How many people can fit in a KK? Answer: One more.

Joyride to nowhere.    Question: How many people can fit in a KK?    Answer: One more.

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fishing on the sea

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On a morning diffused by harmattan’s dust-laden winds, two canoes with rigged sails head to sea off the Liberian coast for a day of fishing. The dry winds originate in the Sahara Desert, carrying dust cross West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea.

CanoeGrand_DKortephotoA Fante’ canoe passes Mamba Point on the return to West Point. They will unload their catch of fish from the previous night. The fishermen will sleep for the day and return to sea by nightfall.

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looking ahead to 2018, Happy New Year.

Bush Yams to sell. Sekou Toure Avenue, Mamba Point, Monrovia.

Bush Yams to sell. Sekou Toure Avenue, Mamba Point, Monrovia.

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Looking back.

Monrovia, Liberia. A woman selling bush yams stops for a moment on Sekou Toure Avenue in Mamba Point neighborhood.

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Liberia Presidential run-off election

Tuesday, December 26        Liberia voted in a Presidential run-off election between CDC (Congress for Democratic Change) candidate George Weah and UP (Unity Party) candidate Joseph Boakai. Turnout appeared to be lighter than the October 10 General Election of Presidential primary contenders and Representatives. Results are expected to be announced Friday, December 29.

Voter Identification Officer verifies registered voter at Wainsue Voting Precinct, Wainsue Community, Bong County.

Voter Identification Officer verifies registered voters at Wainsue Voting Precinct, Wainsue Community, Bong County.

7th grade students are granted a reprieve from dividing fractions for a Christmas Holiday and Presidential election. Schoolrooms throughout the country have been turned into polling stations. Ballot placement and inking officer sits between voting privacy curtain and ballot box, Wainsue voting Precinct, Wainsue Community, Bong County.

7th grade students are granted a reprieve from dividing fractions in time for a Christmas Holiday and Presidential run-off election. Schoolrooms throughout the country have been turned into polling stations. Ballot placement and inking officer sits between voting privacy curtain and ballot box, Wainsue voting Precinct, Wainsue Community, Bong County.

Voting family leaves Polling Station after casting their vote at James B. Flomo School, J.B. Flomo Town, Bong County.

Voting family leaves Polling Station after casting their vote at James B. Flomo School, J.B. Flomo Town, Bong County.

Liberia National Police provide a presence at some polling stations throughout Liberia. A peaceful transition of power is most important to Liberians.

Liberia National Police provide a presence at some polling stations throughout Liberia. A peaceful transition of power is most important to Liberians.

Co-Wata!, Co-Wata! Young vendor sells cold water to voters at David Fujue School, Gbartala Town, Bong County.

Co-Wata!, Co-Wata! Young vendor sells cold water to voters at David Fujue School, Gbartala Town, Bong County.

Impromptu market selling at David Fujue School, Gbartala Town, Bong County.

Impromptu market selling at David Fujue School, Gbartala Town, Bong County.

Friends watch the voting process after casting their ballot at David Fujue School, Gbartala Town, Bong County.

Friends watch the voting process after casting their ballot at David Fujue School, Gbartala Town, Bong County.

The day following Election Day, polling center supplies and logistics help arrives at Gbargna Magistrate Office and Warehouse, Bong County.

The day following run-off Election Day, polling center supplies and logistics help arrives at Gbargna Magistrate Office and Warehouse, Bong County. Polling center materials are checked in to be stored in the Magistrate warehouse, and logistics help line up to collect their fee.

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Sunday morning, 12th Street Island

12StIsl2134_DKorteBird 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.

Neighbors enjoy the morning sun on 12th Street Island.

Neighbors enjoy the morning sun on 12th Street Island.

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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