Peace

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    Liberia Marathon 2013 – A Nation Prepares – Celebrating a decade of peace, unity and endurance Liberia Marathon 2013 – A Nation Prepares – Celebrating a decade of peace, unity and endurance

    Liberia Marathon 2013 – A Nation Prepares – Celebrating a decade of peace, unity and endurance

Liberia Marathon 2013 – A Nation Prepares – Celebrating a decade of peace, unity and endurance

Over 1,400 Liberians have signed up to take part in the Liberia Marathon which takes place in Monrovia on Sunday 25 August 2013. The 2nd Liberia Marathon and 10k run celebrate a decade of unity and peace and over 2,000 runners are expected to take part. Liberia in West Africa is perhaps better known for overcoming its devastating civil conflict and electing Africa’s first ever female President than it is for long distance running. But in the footsteps of an extremely successful first ever marathon in 2011, it’s expected that runners will come from all walks of life on the big day this year to take part in Liberia’s second marathon. The Mayor of Monrovia, Cabinet Ministers, elite international runners, ex-combatants, market sellers, wheel chair users and amputees…will all be running for Liberia under the motto “Liberia Rising, Together”. The scale of this event symbolises how far the country has come in such a short time. In the inaugural race, Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, put on her sneakers and took part. Afterward saying of the event, “Rain or shine the Marathon and 10K was a resounding success.” The organisers have major ambitions to build long distance running in West Africa and the event is expecting to attract a large number of participants from Liberia and internationally. For the first time all runners will have time trackers to record their run. With a top cash prize of up to US$3,000 and full International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Certification for the course, the event attracts an elite field of runners from Ethiopia and Kenya who will compete against the Liberian runners. In 2011, it was 18 year old […]

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    Liberia’s Armed Forces Platoon to Take Off for Peacekeeping Duties in Mali Liberia’s Armed Forces Platoon to Take Off for Peacekeeping Duties in Mali

    Liberia’s Armed Forces Platoon to Take Off for Peacekeeping Duties in Mali

Liberia’s Armed Forces Platoon to Take Off for Peacekeeping Duties in Mali

MONROVIA: An infantry platoon-size unit of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) departs the country on tomorrow, Thursday, June 20, to join the Africa International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). They will be embedded into the Nigerian battalion, with First Lieutenant Nathaniel Waka serving as Commander of the platoon unit. This will be the first time that Liberia is participating in peacekeeping operations in 52 years. In 1961, Liberia provided troops to the United Nations Organization in the Congo, a UN peacekeeping force established under UN Security Council Resolution 143 of July 14, 1960, to respond to the Congo crisis. According to an Executive Mansion release, there will be a formal departure program at the Roberts International Airport where the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will inspect the troops, make a statement and a special presentation before the troops’ departure. Other dignitaries expected to grace the occasion include the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on National Security and Foreign Affairs, the Ambassadors of the United States and Nigeria accredited near Monrovia, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Liberia. A United States C-17 military transport aircraft will airlift the troops to Mali for deployment after the farewell ceremony. Already, the United States Government has provided logistics, personal gear and other equipment to the AFL platoon for the mission. Under the guidance of ECOWAS advisors and mentors, the soldiers commenced training at the Armed Forces Training Command (AFTC) at Camp Sande Ware, in Careysburg, on February 4, and for the next few months adequately trained in major activities presumed peculiar to the military situation in Mali. ECOWAS organized a military mission, AFISMA, to support the Government of […]