the house on Newport Street

Monrovia, Liberia. An empty house with roof collapsed disintegrates during rainy season, the interior walls peeling and dissolving into a kaleidoscope of color.

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braiding hair

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style in red, black, ivory

Reaching for water in Mamba Point.

Reaching for water in Mamba Point. Monrovia, Liberia.

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schoolyard

Time out after school lunch.

Time out after school lunch.

Schoolyard looks.

“Lil sista tink you da queen…”

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West Point, revisited. Monrovia, Liberia.

“ya comin?” Footballers gather for a team picture with the usual mayhem of who’s in—who’s out.

“ya comin?” Footballers gather for a team picture with the usual mayhem of who’s in—who’s out.

Football scramble among the canoes in dry dock, Fante Beach in the Fante fishing community of West Point.

Footballers scramble among canoes in dry dock, in the Fante Beach fishing community.

Meeting at the canoes. Neighborhood boys scramble among canoes on Fante Beach.

Meeting at the canoes. Neighborhood boys scramble among canoes on Fante Beach.

Joseph and Prosper relax under a beautiful afternoon sky before paddling back out to sea for another night of fishing.

Joseph and Prosper relax under a beautiful afternoon sky before paddling back out to sea for another night of fishing.

Canoes on a crest of beach ready for the next fishing adventure.

Canoes on a crest of beach ready for the next fishing adventure.

Community turns out to help pull a canoe from the sea, across Kru Beach, and out of reach of high tide.

Community team turns out to help pull a canoe from the sea, across Kru Beach, and above high tide.

African style in West Point.

African style in West Point.

Carrying plastics and her child, a woman sells on the streets of West Point.

Carrying plastics and her child, a woman sells on the streets of West Point.

Shelter from the rain. A neighborhood’s children share lunch together in West Point.

Shelter from the rain. A neighborhood’s children share lunch together in West Point.

Medusa of West Point.

Medusa of West Point.

A dog, wary of people, stops for a drink in West Point.

A dog, wary of people, stops for a drink in West Point.

Rain moves in from the sea, soaking a park of beached canoes in the Kru Beach neighborhood of West Point.

Rain moves in from the sea, soaking a park of canoes in the Kru Beach neighborhood of West Point.

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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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