Friends of the Missions
|Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM|
Liberia, which was founded in 1821 by Americans seeking an African refuge for freed American and Caribbean slaves, was ruled by their descendents until 1980 when Sam Doe forcefully overthrew the Americo-Liberian elite. Repression, rebellions and civil wars ensued on a constant basis until 2003. The wars left the country devastated. All power plants, sewage and freshwater plants were destroyed. Schools were closed for 10 years. In search of safety, tribal people moved close to the capital. When we arrived in 1999, there was little to eat.
Practically no medicines were available. People lived in straw houses with garbage bags protecting their roofs. 20% born, did not reach 5. Things are better now. The average male survives to 59. Medicines are available. However, of the 3,000 people we saw in 2013, 50% of all our patients had malaria, 30% had typhoid fever, and 20% had worms, all of which are preventable.