Liberia, situated on the West Coast of Africa between Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast, is about the same size as the State of Ohio, but with a smaller population about 4 million people. The country’s historical ties with the United States began in 1822 when free people and freed slaves from this country were repatriated to the place in Africa called Liberia (“Liberty”). The expatriates were Christians; the historical ties with the Episcopal Church began in 1936, when missionaries were sent to Liberia. Liberia became an independent country in 1847. The bond of unity between the two countries has been maintained to the present time. The Episcopal Church, individual Episcopal congregations, organizations and individuals continue to seek ways to reach out to the people of Liberia to relieve the intense economic suffering caused by 14 years of bitter civil war (1989 – 2003) and now by the Ebola epidemic in 2014.
Facts of Liberia
Government: Republic and Democratic
President: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (First female president and of Africa)
Currency: Liberian Dollar
GDP: US $1.342 billion
Per Capita Income: US $200
Religion: Christian, Muslim & Indigenous