I cannot find Liberia anywhere. I just booked an overland trip that goes through Liberia as the country just opened for tourists. does anys
The country has been closed and we will be one if the first trucks going through. Are there any major safety conncern?
Liberia was devastated by a 14 years long civil war, there's little by way of infrastructure, and according to some reports the former warlords are now community leaders, still busily building their empires. Poverty, extreme poverty is rife, drug addiction is a major problem and prostitution is the last resort for many women - even very young ones. There are lots of guns and lots of people with not much to lose. So, it's a living hell for those who have no option but to live there. However, if you're part of an organised tour, using guides who know the lay of the land and have "smoothed the way" the risk to you is lessened. Still, this is a place where you need to be smart about where and how you travel. You've chosen an overland trip in this part of the world, so hopefully you're aware you're heading into some of the poorest and most volatile nations on earth. Doesn't mean it won't be amazing, but do your research and make sure whoever is taking you knows their stuff.
Phil at the safety hub. over 7 years ago
The Vice documenary is very good but its a bit like filming in the South Bronx to show what NYCs like. The country has moved on somewhat since the days of Charles Taylor. Google the country's current President, you may be pleasanty surprised... over 7 years agoAnswered by Anon via WorldNomads.com
To quote" Poverty, extreme poverty is rife, drug addiction is a major problem and prostitution is the last resort for many women - even very young ones. There are lots of guns and lots of people with not much to lose. So, it's a living hell for those who have no option but to live there".
Sounds like a number of cities in USA and Europe!
It reality, yes Liberia is pulling itself out of an awful period in it's history, but things are moving ahead. The fact that travel advice for the country has changed over the last couple of years is a positive sign.
The border area near Ivory Coast can still be a concern due to the fall out from Gbagbo's removal from the country, but the rest of the country is ok.
Yes, Liberia still has huge obstacles to overcome, but then so do a large number of other countries.
Talking about a brutal civil war which finished years ago is like saying would you go to Serbia and Bosnia after what went on there in the 90's, or going to Rwanda after knowing the mass genocide that took place there.....times change, and there are still problems, but does that mean you shouldn't visit? I don't think so, as long as you do your research and pay attention to what is going on in the country. almost 7 years agoAnswered by Africaphile via WorldNomads.com
Also, people will talk about the country based upon opinions from the internet. There is alot of mis-information out there.
Actually going and visiting the country yourself you may be pleasantly surprised.
For instance, on this very site, Liberia is listed under Central America and not Africa!! almost 7 years agoAnswered by Africaphile via WorldNomads.com