April 20, 2016 |
As his family sees it, Mohammed Jabbateh is the very picture of an immigrant success story - a man who fled political turmoil in his native Liberia nearly two decades ago, and established a successful business in Philadelphia and a growing family in the suburbs. Prosecutors beg to differ. They say Jabbateh is hiding here, running from a past in which he led rebel commandos in acts of violence so horrific that a bridge bearing his nom de guerre - "Jungle Jabbah" - still stands in his home country at the site of a brutal attack.
November 19, 2015 |
During 14 years of civil war in Liberia, more than 700,000 residents fled the country. One of the nation's most popular singers, Tokay Tomah, went in the opposite direction. Through the '90s, she waded into the smoldering remains of the war alongside U.N. workers, visiting combatant camps to sing for peace. It was terrifying work: Soldiers were high on cocaine and other drugs, and it seemed anything could happen at any time. Still, she saw it as the most direct path to reconciliation.
October 11, 2015 |
ADENAH BAYOH has a mind for business. As the first black woman in New Jersey to open an IHOP franchise, she now owns three restaurants in the flapjack chain. She co-founded a real estate firm that's building a $150 million residential and retail development in the Garden State. And she was identified as one of the Top 50 women in business by NJBIZ, a weekly journal. But the 37-year-old North Jersey entrepreneur's pursuits aren't limited to the business world. She is also encouraging young women to pursue their dreams by establishing a scholarship.
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.
April 3, 2015 |
Trish Henwood, the University of Pennsylvania emergency-room physician who twice went to Liberia to fight Ebola, says global intervention - albeit too late - still saved hundreds of thousands of lives. She also says the frantic reaction here showed U.S. leaders that improving health systems in fragile African nations is in our national security interest. Henwood, who gave Penn's annual Global Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday evening, told a rapt audience that fear too often trumped science and "definitely hampered the response . . . and led to more panic than preparedness.
January 29, 2015 |
When Denny Ballough was 16 years old, he came to his parents, Gerald and Daryl, with an unusual request. His longtime buddy, a 17-year-old Liberian refugee named John Sneh, didn't have any place to call home. Could he come live with us? On this recent evening, the Balloughs have gathered in their Drexel Hill home to talk about the momentous decision they made 6½ years ago in the hopes of inspiring others. "I was probably the most hesitant," says Daryl, 54. "In your heart, you knew it was the right thing to do. It was just the logistics of it, the reality of it. . . . That's a little scary.
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.
October 25, 2014 |
Working without surgical gloves, a nurse contracts Ebola. Her distraught husband wants to comfort her but she runs screaming - "Don't touch me!" - across their yard. "What have I done to deserve this?" she wails. Wanting a hands-on ritual burial for a nephew who died, a village elder steals back the body from townsmen preparing to bury it safely. A pastor unschooled in Ebola throws an arm around a tear-streaked parishioner and says she'll be OK. "Do you believe in Ebola or in Jesus Christ?"
October 23, 2014
A story Wednesday about area colleges' efforts to plan in the Ebola pandemic gave incorrect information about Drexel University's efforts to prepare for Ebola. The university has suspended travels and program development only in the three countries currently under CDC warning for Ebola - Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The incorrect information was provided by the university.
October 23, 2014 |
All passengers arriving in the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will now be required to fly into one of the five airports that have enhanced screening for the deadly Ebola virus, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The additional travel restrictions, designed to prevent the spread of Ebola, mean that travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the disease, if not flying into one of the five U.S. airports with increased screening, will have to rebook their flights.