17 April, 2010

Monrovia, Liberia

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Stay period      : November 11~13, 1987.
Place                : Monrovia(capital), Republic of Liberia
Languages      : English, 29 African languages.
Major religions: Christianity, Islam, indigenous beliefs
Monetary unit : Liberian dollar (L$)
Electricity        : 110V, 60c/s

WHO recommendation:

Yellow Fever
  Country requirement: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers 
         over 1 year of age.
  Yellow fever vaccine recommendation: yes
  Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the whole 
        country. Resistance to chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine reported.
  Mosquito bite prevention plus mefloquine, doxycycline or atovaquone+proguanil chemo-
       prophylaxis (select according to reported resistance pattern)
  Rabies risk:High risk
  pre-exposure immunization recommended for travellers and other people for whom contact 
        with domestic animals particularly dogs and other rabiesvectors is likely.

Liberia is famous for long-running, ruinous civil war(1989~1999).
At present, 15,000 UN peacekeepers are still in place. When I went to
Monrovia in November 1987, just the beginning of the conflict.

The people of Ghana were peaceful, but the eyes of Liberian were uneasy,
fighting and dark. If you stop the car in the street of Monrovia, children come
to rush the car for begging.