PRICE OF 100 POUND BAG OF RICE IN LIBERIA IS HALF THE OF MOST LIBERIANS MONTHLY SALARY
Written by Roberta Williams
I was in Liberia last year May, 2011, like I tell people food in Liberia is more expensive than they are here in America. The average Liberian cannot afford smoke fish in Liberia any more. I went to various markets to see for myself. How our people are making it every day in Liberia I don’t know? There are family of six in Liberia cooking with one sick looking fish in a large pot of water called soup because that one fish cost 300.00LD. And for a lot of them, that is their pay for the day. I saw small children in Liberia selling a pack of gum one stick at a time to earn money for food. I saw five and six years old kids on the streets of Monrovia begging for water to drink. Those of you that go home come back and say Liberia is sweet, you must not have left the airport or maybe you were blind folder the entire time you were there to say “Liberia is sweet”. There are young mothers in the streets with their baby on their backs walking the streets selling anything they can find to sell to feed that child at the end of the day.
I understanding Ellen cannot find jobs for everyone that is workable in Liberia, but why are Liberians not helping themselves? I did not see much gardens in the areas, even in Bomi, there were very few gardens around the homes. What happen to the days when our parents used to plant just about every vegetables known to man in their back yard?
The war is over so…
1. Go back to the town you used to live in before the war and try to get your life back the way it was, everyone can’t fit in Monrovia. I am sure the smaller the town the easier it will be find food. All those fruit and vegetable trees in the country side, why are we hungry in Monrovia?
2. Start looking for other ways to make a living besides government jobs. Start a farm, open a day care center, etc. Network, group up with your family or neighbors to start a small business. Start a neighborhood garden to help with food. Plant your own rice farm. As much rice as we eat, why are we not growing our own rice like the Chinas? We cannot afford to be lazy and expect to survive. Liberia need a “lead, follow or get out of my way” attitude to make it in Liberia and stop been lazy.
3. Demand that your rights are met, Liberians need to stop been afraid of their government officials, they are not God, they are crooks that don’t care. If they are not doing anything for you, stop voting them back in, try someone new, continue until they get the message.
4. What are the non government businesses doing for the country? What are their contributions? Beside slavery of their own people, what are they doing?
THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THE PEOPLE IN LIBERIA THAT ARE IN THE POSITIONS TO FIX THE PROBLEM JUST DON’T CARE.
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