February 17, 2007 |
Lena Thomas, 91, of Eastwick, a Pentecostal bishop who founded four churches in Philadelphia and several in Liberia, died Monday of complications of pneumonia at Taylor Hospital. Born the third eldest of 10 children, she moved with her family in 1923 to South Philadelphia from Casey, S.C. Times were tough, and the young woman dropped out of Overbrook High School when she was 15 to work in a factory to help put food on the table. That same year, she married Julius Thomas, a carpenter, and they raised six children in West Philadelphia.
August 6, 1990 |
More than 200 Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Liberia are defending a "skeleton size" diplomatic staff and awaiting any more citizens who request evacuation from the West African nation's bloody civil war. "The Marines are there to protect lives. They are authorized to use whatever means are necessary and they are there in a battle situation," White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said yesterday. In a helicopter rescue, about 225 Marines plucked 59 Americans from the embassy grounds and airlifted them to safety aboard U.S. warships off the coast, the Pentagon said.
November 11, 2011 |
MONROVIA, Liberia - Africa's first and only female president handily won reelection Thursday with 90.2 percent of the vote, but her victory has been rendered hollow and her government may struggle to prove its legitimacy because the opposition boycotted the poll. Hours before the results were announced in an election that was supposed to solidify Liberia's shaky peace, opposition leader Winston Tubman said he would not accept the outcome of this week's presidential runoff. With nearly nine-tenths of precincts reporting, National Election Commission chair Elizabeth Nelson announced late Thursday that Sirleaf had received 513,320 votes out of 565,391 tallied.
May 21, 2013
By Melissa Chea-Annan Chilling remarks about press freedom in Liberia have led to a standoff between the government and the media. At a ceremony on May 3 marking World Press Freedom Day, Othello Daniel Warrick, the chief security aide to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, referred to journalists as "terrorists. " The threatening remarks by Warrick, the head of Liberia's presidential guard, the Executive Protection Service (EPS), also included a vow to arrest journalists if they continue to report negative stories on the president and her administration.
October 16, 1995 |
Fighting started yesterday around the central headquarters of rebel leader Charles Taylor, forcing civilians to flee and further eroding a peace accord. Taylor, now vice chairman in a transitional government that was inaugurated Sept. 1, blamed fighters of a rival rebel faction whose leader also sits on the new government. He said news of fresh clashes came from commanders in his regional base in the central town of Gbarnga. They said fighting started when the small town of Suakoko, just south of Gbarnga, was attacked by the ULIMO militia of Alhaji Kromah.
December 17, 2004 |
Some police officers in Liberia could soon be patrolling in used Philadelphia police uniforms, thanks to a partnership between Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson and the chief of Liberia's national police, Col. Christian Massoaquoi. Massoaquoi, 50, has been visiting with various police executives this month during a visit to the United States, and he attended the recent International Association of Chiefs Of Police convention in California. A 23-year police veteran, Massoaquoi spent some time here and accompanied Highway Patrol officers as they worked the city.
October 30, 2014 |
Andrew Wegoye, an emergency-room nurse at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, will leave Thursday for at least four months in Liberia helping fight the Ebola epidemic. Wegoye, 33, who lives in Haddon Township, said he had been following the crisis, and when the World Health Organization declared it a disaster, he felt he had to step forward. "When I noticed it was not being contained, but just kept spiraling, I started searching for ways to actually help. " "The risks I totally understand," Wegoye added.
August 2, 2015 |
Every morning, first thing, Mary Moore Kieh searches Craigslist for old EKG and X-ray machines. Maybe one day she'll get lucky and find an operating room light. Kieh, 49, a nurse at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, is building a clinic in her native Liberia. She knows she cannot save the world. But she may save some people who come to her clinic. And maybe they can help others. And perhaps just by trying, she will inspire others to make more of their own lives, to have hope, even a dream.
March 10, 2006 |
Talk about a career change. Beatrice Munah Sieh is making the leap from schoolteacher in Trenton to central figure in the rebuilding of a war-torn African nation. Today is Munah Sieh's last day at Grace A. Dunn Middle School, where she has taught special education for six years. In a few weeks, she will start her new job - as Liberia's first female chief of police. Huh? "It was shocking," said Jermaine Kamau, a vice principal at Dunn. It's not as crazy as it sounds.
October 16, 2014 |
Trish Henwood wasn't sleeping well. "I'm not somebody who suffers from insomnia - ever," she says. But she was feeling guilt, feeling the call. She had to go to Liberia, to confront the Ebola epidemic. But how could she? Henwood, 34, had just taken a new job in July as an emergency-room physician at the University of Pennsylvania and as director of global health initiatives. She is among a pioneering wave of ER physicians who have learned that the humble little ultrasound machine is a "game-changer" in remote countries.