The American Colonization Society was established in 1816 by Robert Finley as an attempt to satisfy two groups in America. Ironically, these groups were on opposite ends of the spectrum involving slavery in the early 1800's. One group consisted of philanthropists, clergy and abolitionist who wanted to free African slaves and their descendants and provide them with the opportunity to return to Africa. The other group was the slave owners who feared free people of color and wanted to expel them from America.
A French military boat, Commandant Blaison, arrived at the port of Monrovia Monday for a mission aimed at training the Liberian Coast Guard, a mission that will end this week-end.
I’m told by the law that the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs is suppose to be spearheading the government’s development programs, in collaboration with other agencies of government, as well as national and international Non-Governmental Organizations. Quite frankly, that’s exactly what I and others know from time to time, and from government to government.
It was just few years ago, when I heard the name Rwanda, an east African country comprising of three ethnic groups amongst them the dominant Tutsi minority and the majority Hutus. Like many Liberians, the best I could remember about this east African nation is the 1994 genocide made popular through two distinct motion pictures: “Hotel Rwanda and Sometimes In April.”
The deserted streets of Monrovia witnessed fewer dwellers, mainly children in their hundreds streaming upfront to the Ministry of Education, as early as 8:30am, just to see the August 24, celebration with a handful of students from selected schools assemble alongside a special unit of the police, the girls’ Guards and Boys Scout.