Mercy Krua is a Liberian refugee who lives in Boston. Her son, Jefferson Krua, was also a Liberian refugee. But he decided to move back to Liberia and make his life there. In part, he says, because no matter how much money he could make in the US, he would always be a black man in America.
It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia's civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.
There are plenty of kinds of workers mobilizing to fight Ebola in West Africa, not just doctors and nurses. They include "contact tracers," who monitor people and try to get them to respect quarantines. They say they're still doing a vital job without the tools they need.
Public concern about the spread of Ebola in Liberia seems to be waning, even though about 10 new cases continue to be reported in the capital Monrovia every day. Now the possibility of Senate elections there next week has health officials especially worried.
Thousands of people sit in Liberian jails for years, awaiting trial. Now there's a program aimed at fast-tracking these cases and getting people out of pre-trial detention. Jess Engebreston sits in on one of the proceedings.
The World's Julia Kumari Drapkin reports on an effort to pick up the trash in Liberia: two Americans came up with the idea, after observing how uncollected garbage seemed to blight so much of the country's capital, Monrovia
Immigration will be a major point of discussion for the new Congress. Correspondent Deepa Fernandes looks at how the African nation of Liberia has been treating, and often imprisoning, some people deported from the US.
Getting online is difficult in Liberia. Connections are slow, and internet access can be very expensive. But that may be starting to change. Last week, a fiber optic cable arrived in Liberia. Bonnie Allen reports from Monrovia.
A journalist in Liberia has gone into hiding after receiving threats related to a story she wrote on female circumcision. Female genital mutilation has received a lot of attention in the Western media; in Liberia remains extremely sensitive.