I had the most amazing opportunity to spend a few days in Liberia, Africa last year. Liberia is a country in Western Africa roughly the size of Ohio, with four million people who call it home. This small African country has enjoyed anything but peace throughout its existence. It was formed in the early 1800s by freed slaves from America who were returning to their native Africa. These freed slaves proceeded to set themselves up as the ruling class. In 1980, the indigenous people overthrew the government, and a full-scale civil war broke out. Tribe fought against tribe. Rebel forces destroyed entire villages. The citizens were raped, murdered, tortured, and mutilated. It wasn’t until 2005 that the country became more stable.
The most memorable part of the trip for me was the children. I was able to spend some time outside the capital city, handing out candy to kids. The kids of Liberia are the future hope for this war-torn nation. They will shape its future.
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So here are a few pictures of Liberia’s children:
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. -Psalm 127:3
Children are a gift! Value them!