Our friend Alex knows the culture, the history, and the streets. He was able to get us anywhere in the country we wanted to go safely but he also lined up interviews for us with anyone we wanted from journalists, reporters, and teen prostitutes, to former child soldiers and people of historical and political significance.
Alex is from family who was greatly affected by the civil war, but was able to stick together to survive with a positive outlook. His family often took in abandon children, gave them food, water, shelter, clothing and helped them find an opportunity to get into school. He is the only high school graduate in his immediate family and is working hard while hoping for an opportunity for a college education.
In His own words, this is Alex’s story:
“I was just a kid (nine years of age) when the bloody fourteen year civil war began in Liberia… After two years there were six different rebel groups fighting against each other in the small country of Liberia. My family along with many other families ran out of food in Bong Mines. Our option was to walk more than twenty hours to find food in Kakata. Many of my family members died because of the attacks on the road. Bong Mines was surrounded by Taylor rebels so there was no way out to find food. There were 52 attacks from them to kill everyone in Bong Mines. There was no food for some years, we fed on unknown fruits, vegetables, leaves and sometimes went with nothing for days. At this point the difficulty was unbearable. I thought the whole world had turned a blind eye on what was happening to me and the people of Liberia. Many of my friends and thousands of my countrymen did not make it. May God give them eternal peace. During those horrible years my sister was raped by Taylor rebels. My difficulty is a form of struggle. To struggle is to strengthen my faith, my hope, and my belief in humanity. I always tell my brothers and sisters that since we exist, together we can make the difference.”