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We arrived for the first time at the Liberian border on Saturday, March 20th, 1999. A red taxi with a Mossi driver from Burkina Faso took us to the border. We had stayed in Tabou, the most western town at the coast of Cote d'Ivoire, and wanted to cross the border and spend the Sunday in Harper, a city on the Liberian coast. We crossed the border river in a pirogue. However, we failed to enter the country, waiting all day in the heat at the customs office. The Liberian customs officers wouldn't let us in, although our visa were allright.
Three days later, on Tuesday, March 23th, we did succeed. We went from Danane to the Liberian border with public transport, in a minibus. Packed together like a can of sardines. It was terribly uncomfortable. But all the Liberians in the bus were so joyfull, singing spirituals and hymns all the time, without knowing each other. They were returning to their country, sometimes after spending many years in diaspora.

We crossed the border and Moussa, a very good taxi driver, brought us and Rev. Stevens, who we had met at the bus station in Danane, to Ganta. The road led us through thick rainforests. Our only problem was at a roadblock at Sanniquelli. The officers there really didn't treat us friendly. However, in the end, they let us pass and we arrived in Ganta, a town in Nimba county at the Guinee border.

Ganta was a very dark town. There was no electricity; Ganta was a city of oil lamps and candles. We had our electric torches. There was no functioning hotel in Ganta. However, our new friend Rev. Stevens arranged a two night stay with the Lutheran community in Ganta. Those people were very welcoming and the next day, they showed us their town. We visited the hospital where people did their jobs with great effort and with minor means. They made us feel guilty for having so much for so little.
All day long we walked around in Ganta, meeting people and making friends. We even met the mayor of Ganta, Mrs Millar. In the evening, we ate in the only restaurant of Ganta, a very good one, together with some of our new friends. We exchanged adresses and hoped to see each other in the future. The next day we left Liberia and went back to Danane in Cote d'Ivoire

  • Last visit to Liberia: Mar 1999
  • Intro Updated Jan 1, 2008
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  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    Africa is my blind spot. I appreciate your work.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Enjoyed reading about your trip to Liberia. Cheers, SL :)

  • CuriousGRL's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    Nice pictures! How interesting to see the places you went too...why did you go to Liberia and the other 2 African countries...was it with a church trip or with an excursion?

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2005 at 5:02 AM

    Nice story of the children & your camera, great to see more pages about the more "off the beaten track" African countries. Very interesting read Jacob, thanks! (~_~)

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 11:22 PM

    Interesting information ! I have also some experiences in West Africa with roadblocks, curfew and problems with the 'officials', but the local people instead were always very helpful and hospitable.

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 2:37 PM

    Oh, this has the promise of a very interesting page!

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