Who Will Lead Liberia?
In an article published today in The Globalist, Anne Richard, the IRC's vice president of government relations and advocacy, said she came away from a recent visit to Liberia asking, "Who will step forward to lead this country?"
During her trip in December 2004, Richard met with a variety of officials to discuss the prospects for lasting peace after 14 years of conflict and war.
"Liberians need the assurance that the United States and others in the international community will stick with them, follow through on funding commitments and work together to restore peace and stability, democracy and prosperity," Richard said. "Only then will the local heroes — teachers, nurses, social workers, community activists, village elders, small businesspeople — come forward to lead Liberia."