Tourism used to be a big industry for the West African country Mali. But now that the country is in crisis, foreigners have stopped visiting. And Malians are suffering from the lack of tourist dollars. Bonnie Allen takes us on a tour.
Sierra Leoneans head to the polls this weekend for parliamentary elections. But they won't see many women on the ballot. As Bonnie Allen reports, female candidates face intimidation and discrimination. And it doesn't end once they're elected.
A United Nations-backed court has found Charles Taylor guilty of crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone. In Liberia, the reaction is complicated. Many still revere Taylor; others are upset that he hasn't been charged with Liberian crimes.
The verdict in the trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor is expected on Thursday. Taylor is charged with war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone, and people in that West African country are hoping for a guilty verdict.
Liberia is trying to rebuild its tourism industry, almost 10 years after the country's brutal civil war ended. This week, it welcomed its largest group of tourists in decades, when a cruise ship docked in Monrovia. Bonnie Allen has the story.
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.