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Ork's Liberians a man who had sat out the war in America but who harboured hopes of one day returning home to run for presidentWithin a year the two men were locked in a conflict that threatened to consume the community The suspicions and accusations the residents had bottled up for years exploded at once To observers it appeared that this enclave of exiles was frozen at the time of their flight restarting a war that had ended back homeJonny Steinberg spent two years in New York shadowing Rufus and Jacob eventually journeying to Liberia to piece together their biographies from the people who. This book taught me so much about Liberia and its connection to the USA which I never understood before I always find it confusing when reading books about Africa that the Africans often have a love hate relationship with the USA It is also evident in this book yet America gives them an opportunity which they otherwise would not have had in terms of furthering their education finding employment getting health care etc In this case however there seems to be a type of entitlement Is this perhaps because of America being Liberia s parent body I also found the relationship between the America Liberians and the native Liberians interesting It seems that money or the lack of it plays a vital role and much is made of who holds the power Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya presidentWithin a year the two men were locked in a conflict that threatened to consume the community The suspicions and accusations the residents had bottled up for years exploded at once To observers it appeared that this enclave of exiles was frozen at the time of their flight restarting a war that had ended back homeJonny Steinberg spent two years in New York shadowing Rufus and Jacob eventually journeying to Liberia to Twisted piece together their biographies from the The Exploration of the Male Anatomy people who. This book taught me so much about Liberia and its connection to the USA which I never understood before I always find it confusing when reading books about Africa that the Africans often have a love hate relationship with the USA It is also evident in this book yet America gives them an opportunity which they otherwise would not have had in terms of furthering their education finding employment getting health care etc In this case however there seems to be a type of entitlement Is this All Night Long (Nannies, parent body I also found the relationship between the America Liberians and the native Liberians interesting It seems that money or the lack of it The Freeze-Frame Revolution power

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On Park Hill Avenue in New York City almost everyone is Liberian Most people know one another; if not by name then by face And yet neighbours do not ask one another what they did in Liberia for the uestion is considered an accusation Many people here fled Liberia's brutal civil war a conflict that claimed the lives of one in fourteen Liberians The uestion of who is responsible is a bitter oneJacob Massauoi arrived on Park Hill Avenue in 2002 limping heavily Before he had been there a week a hundred stories abounded about his injury By this time Rufus Arkoi was the acknowledged leader of New Y. Little Liberia an African Odyssey in New YorkJonny Steinberg has this knack of being able to introduce people to worlds most of us would not even consider entering the world of prison gangs the world of cops on patrol in the townships and now in his latest book Little Liberia An African Odyssey in New York the world of two Liberians who live in a sort of reconstructed version of their country in New York CityI ll hazard a guess and say most New Yorkers don t know there s a Liberian community living on Staten Island I spent two years working at the Manhattan headuarters of the most ethnically diverse organisation in the world the United Nations and I didn t know about the Park Hill Avenue LiberiansThere s about Big Liberia in this book than Little Liberia much of Steinberg s story is about the period of coups and war which started in 1980 with the arrival of Samuel Doe and which culminates when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is democratically elected shortly before former President Charles Taylor is arrested on charges of war crimesLiberia is unusual amongst African countries you might say it was the only African country to have been colonised by Africans in this case descendents of African slaves making the return journey from the USA to take up positions as bosses on African soil a group known as Americo Liberians By following the life story of Rufus who arrived in the US before the war and Jacob who arrived there after one of the bloodiest battles of the Liberian civil war Steinberg expertly weaves together pieces of two very similar stories of violence and exile told from two very different political perspectives Since declaring itself independent in 1847 Liberia has been ruled almost exclusively by Americo Liberians indigenous Liberians have only been in charge for a short period most of it under the brutal rule of Samuel Doe If Doe had a redeeming feature it was his love of soccer Rufus transplanted to America believed that soccer would be his ticket back to Liberia and a better life under an indigenous administration Jacob s father a local administrator and an indigenous Liberian was close to the Americo Liberian political class When Doe took power Jacob s family s fortunes changed In the relatively close confines of Staten Island it was inevitable that home country conflicts would be recreated It s refreshing to read an African story told by a South African Although I sometimes doubt the veracity of all that Rufus and Jacob share with Steinberg I imagine part of the bond that allowed such frank exchanges came from the fact that all three call the same continent home It s very clear that Rufus and Jacob do not like each other but in both cases their Liberian identity is stronger than their desire to become American When attempting to explain the difference between Africans and other new arrivals to the US Rufus with what I imagine is great pride tells Steinberg More African immigrants in America get degrees than any other immigrants And in that uote can be found one of the main reasons I like Jonny Steinberg s writing he always manages to find an element of hope for the future even while he explores elements of human nature at its worst

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Once knew them What emerges is a story of a horrific and heart wrenching civil war of a deeply troubled relationship between America and West Africa of personal ambition wrestling with moral responsibility of memory wrestling with forgetfulness and of the uest to be human in a world losing its humanityMixing history reportage and a wealth of extraordinary personal stories Jonny Steinberg takes up the tale of a fractured African nation and its diaspora to remarkable effect Little Liberia is a uniue and important book told with clarity and compassion by one of our best and brightest young write. I did not find this book as engrossing as Steinberg s others and found myself wondering what the point of it was right up to the end I could have put this down at any stage and would not really have wondered how it ended Well written of course as always but my least favourite of his to date


10 thoughts on “Little Liberia

  1. says:

    Maps the histories personalities and institutions behind a political battle within Staten Island's tight knit but fractious Liberian refugee community from the perspective of a white South African journalist who spent a year living in it Helpful for understanding the dynamics and legacies that have created challenges for organizin

  2. says:

    Little Liberia an African Odyssey in New YorkJonny Steinberg has this knack of being able to introduce people to worlds most of us would not even consider entering – the world of prison gangs the world of cops on patrol in the townships and now in his latest book Little Liberia An African Odyssey in New York the world of two Liberians who l

  3. says:

    Since reading Jonny Steinberg’s outstanding work of non fiction The Number I decided that it was high time to tackle one of his r

  4. says:

    I had no past knowledge of the historical relations between America and Liberia Steinberg weaves a beautiful narrative that has you tu

  5. says:

    I'm an unapologetic fiction gal but Steinberg's account of Liberia Liberians New York and Americo Liberians was the most compelling non fiction account I've read of a region issue or conflict in years This should be a mandatory supplement for anyone studying Liberia in a modern or historical context or even the socio political configuration of West Africa today Steinberg is a gifted writer too and doesn't hesit

  6. says:

    This book taught me so much about Liberia and its connection to the USA which I never understood before I always find it confusing when reading books about Africa that the Africans often have a love hate relationship with

  7. says:

    I have really enjoyed Steinberg's other work especially the nonfiction book Sizwe's Test in South Africa Three Letter Plague This book was a very interesting look at two Liberian refugees in New York and how they managed to survive both the war there and the creation of a life in the US The character Jacob is par

  8. says:

    Well written the story and writing grabbed me from the first chapter and I much irrirated I had to put the book down and go to work Steinberg clearly has done a wealth of research and I appreciate the notes and further reading sections at the end of the book He wrote about African politics in Liberia in a compassionate way I much a

  9. says:

    I did not find this book as engrossing as Steinberg's others and found myself wondering what the point of it was right up to the end I could have put this down at any stage and would not really have wondered how it ended Well written of course as always but my least favourite of his to date

  10. says:

    I liked this book about the impact of the Liberian War on two leaders of the Liberian exile community in Staten Island NY who are at odds with each other Through the lives of Jacob and Rufus we see the different nuances of this long conflict and its impact on the exile community A thoughtful and informative book

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