Liberia's water supply was crippled during the country's civil war when the main water treatment plant was destroyed. A 2006 report found that the majority of Liberians rely on untreated wells, rivers, ponds, creeks and swamps for drinking water. But these water sources have been further harmed by widespread superstition and rumors. Myles Estey is a journalist based in Monrovia, Liberia. He writes on his blog "Esteyonage" about a recent scare there, when people became worried that the water would turn into blood or would turn bitter. "People here just believe anything," a local journalist said of the situation. "They believe in powers and forces that don't actually exist, just because someone told them so". Click here for full article. Olly
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
Chez Tony - good burgers and chips for about 1,500cfa. Take the road opposite the 'Eglise St Michel' and it's down there on the right.
The Crux - down "the strip" in Cadjehoun, next to the 'Championne' supermarket. Excellent pizza and other French food + great service. Pizzas from around 3,500.
The Beer Garden. It's on the coast the other side of the lagoon from the port. Ask for 'Quartier Jacques' then keep going towards the beach. Great food and a nice cool breeze from the coast. Bit pricier than some, but the portions are BIG!
The Gerbe d'Or on the main street in Ganhi (very close to the port). Good food and milkshakes!
The Secret Chwarma - best Lebanese chwarmas (ie doner kebabs) in town. Only 1,500 each and you'll do well to finish one! North over the fly-over in town then almost immediately right, on the street with 'New Look' on the corner. It's just on the right, called 'Boucherie Libanaise', just before the 'Hotel le Crillon'.
The Hai King Chinese, on the main roundabout next to the Festival des Glaces in Cadjehoun. Great value & service. Delicious food. Sit up the very top and watch the traffic as you eat!
Chez Davia et Fils - EXCELLENT curry for 3,000 a head. Read Rob's review here.
Bangkok Terrace - great Thai food, near DFC on the road to Hall Des Arts.
La Branche (if it's still there) is part of the 'Kora' supermarket, just off the 'Rue des Trois Banques'. Good atmosphere, air-con and nice food.
Le Sud-Ouest. Very near the English School off "the strip" in Cadjehoun. Nice for a 'posh' meal out. French food (inc. frogs' legs) and nice atmosphere. Will cost you around 35,000cfa for 2 to eat.
The Repaire de Bacchus, very near the new overpass in town - live jazz every Thursday night from 10:00-1:00. A late night, but great atmosphere and delicious, cheap food. Only 3 mins drive from the port (but don't risk walking or zemming it that late).
Thanks again Rob. So much to chose from. Olly
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Well, on Wednesday 11th February, one of them collapsed. If it had happened only 24 hours previously, it would have killed members of our Advance Team and Mercy Team, who were waiting for the ship in its shade. Praise God that this didn't happen. It lies, to this day, on its side waiting for repair. Olly
Friday, 20 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Above, Noah is continuing to expand his Lego collection (you can never have enough Lego, can you?). This lot is Star Wars Lego - Imperial Storm Troopers and Clone Battle Sets etc.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
The Africa Mercy was cleared by Benin Immigration late last night, so today I went exploring ashore. I got my bearings very quickly, and the noises and smells bought back many memories of our time in Benin 4 years ago. I couldn't help but compare Benin with Liberia. There is obviously more personal wealth here; there are more cars and privately owned scooters, and more overweight people (another sign of wealth). Within half a mile of the port are several clean and shiny western style banks with ATMs, and shops and pharmacies with glass fronts, air-conditioning and a huge range of stock. There is running water and mains electricity, a fully functioning postal service, manhole covers and working drains, tall buildings with glass in their windows, painted walls and beautiful fresh flowers and fruit for sale. There is no razor wire, few window bars, no bullet holes, no visible refugee camps, no open sewers or missing pavements, and the roads are decent. But the place is covered with sand, building rubble and garbage, and amongst the garbage live the poor and needy, including the thousands of people with disfigurments and medical conditions who we are here to serve over the next ten months. This afternoon our vehicles were cleared by Customs, so we can now start unloading them and setting up the dockside workshop. Its great to be here! Olly
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Above, the dock looking North.