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How much do you know about Liberia?
The American Civil War (1861-65) began 85 years after independence (1776). When did a prolonged civil war break out in Liberia?
Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the Republic of Liberia gains its independence in 1960, but after 34 years, civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, leads in May 1997 to the toppling of the Mobutu regime.
Liberians gain independence from the United Kingdom in 1961, but 30 years later, a civil war from 1991 to 2002 results in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population).
Slaves freed from the United States in 1822 settle on a coast of West Africa; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians establish the Republic of Liberia, but 142 years later, in 1989, a rebellion leads to a prolonged civil war.
Ahmad Shah Durrani unifies the Pashtun tribes and founds Liberia in 1747. The country serves as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until Liberia wins independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ends in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invades in 1979 to support the tottering Liberian communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdraws in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist Mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars sees Monrovia finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerges in 1994 to end the civil war and anarchy.
That freed slave in the photo should clue you in
Which of these is the flag of Liberia?
The first blue flag with a red diagonal strip
The second horizontal tri-color flag with green, white and blue
The third flag - the design is based on the US flag
The last vertical tri-color flag with black, red and green
Looks a lot like American flag
What is the currency in Liberia?
Central African CFA Franc XAF
West African CFA Franc XOF
Liberian Dollar (LRD)
This one is pretty obvious
The United States celebrates its Independence Day, 4 July (1776). When is Independence Day in Liberia?
Independence Day, 30 June (1960) from Belgium
Independence Day, 27 April (1961) from the United Kingdom
Independence Day, 26 July (1847)
Independence Day, 19 August (1919) from UK control over Liberian foreign affairs
Liberia is the only country in Africa founded by United States colonization while occupied by native Africans.
United States population is 318,892,103 (July 2014 estimate). What is the population of Liberia?
Population of Liberia: 328,982,301
Population of Liberia: 101,223,310
Population of Liberia: 4,092,310
Population of Liberia: 52,946
Higher than Oregon but lower than Kentucky
In the poorest nation on Earth - Democratic Republic of the Congo - 95.15% are living under $2 a day (International Poverty Line). How many people in Liberia live under the International Poverty Line?
About the same as Congo
In the United States, the adult prevalence of obesity rate is 33% (2008). What is the rate in Liberia?
Literacy in the United States (age 15 and over can read and write) is for the total population 99% - male: 99% and female: 99% (2003 estimate). What is literacy like in Liberia? (2010 estimate)
Total population: 60.8% - male: 64.8% and female: 56.8%
Total population: 71.4% - male: 75.3% and female: 67.5%
Total population: 88.1% - male: 91.1% and female: 85%
Total population: 98.9% - male: 98.8% and female: 99%
In the United States, the chief of state is President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph R. BIDEN (since 20 January 2009); the president is both chief of state and head of government. Who is chief of state in Liberia?
President Joseph KABILA (since 17 January 2001); Prime Minister Augustin MATATA PONYO Mapon (since 18 April 2012)
President Ernest Bai KOROMA (since 17 September 2007); the president is both chief of state and head of government
President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF (since 16 January 2006); Vice President Joseph BOAKAI (since 16 January 2006); the president is both chief of state and head of government
She has a Vice President because government in Liberia is modeled on government in the United States
What is the capital city of Liberia?
In 1847, this new country became the Republic of Liberia, establishing a government modeled on that of the United States and naming its capital city Monrovia after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States and a prominent supporter of the colonization. The colonists and their descendants, known as Americo-Liberians, led the political, social, cultural and economic sectors of the country and ruled the nation for over 130 years as a dominant minority.
Please consider joining the effort to educate Americans on the merits of SI - the International System (known as the Metric System until 1960). The answer is Monrovia
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