The aid state in Liberia is creating a hollow democracy – Benoni Urey Writes

By Benoni Urey|

A billboard for presidential candidate Benoni Urey in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Liberia. (Ahmed Jallanzo/European Pressphoto Agency)

Benoni Urey is a presidential candidate for the All-Liberian Party in the forthcoming Liberian general election. He is the founder of LonestarCell-MTN, Liberia’s only nationwide cellphone network.

Visit Monrovia, the capital of my country Liberia, on a Thursday night and in one of its many lively bars you will witness both what is good and bad about the international development community. You’ll find aid workers at the karaoke, blasting out the lyrics to “We Are the World” — and reminding the locals “We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving.”

What they are giving — at that precise moment — is money toward the salaries of hundreds of Liberian bar staff: a good job to hold in a country where as much as 85 percent of the young population are unemployed. Indeed, despite the attention international agencies have lavished on Liberia since the end of our civil war in 2003, there’s not much to show for the effort.

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Source: The Washington Post

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.