By Francis Lansana, Accountability Resident, Liberia & Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect, Washington DC
Just beyond the St. John River lies Buchanan- a small Liberian port city named after the cousin of a former US President. Buchanan is home to one of the few paved highways in the country, built with Chinese expertise, and a railroad, originally constructed by a firm with links to Sweden and recently rehabilitated by a company with ties to India. The history and economy of Buchanan, which serves as the outlet for much of the country’s iron ore deposits and palm oil, vividly illustrates the interconnectedness of today’s world and the mobility that makes the Ebola virus not just a challenge for Liberia, but for the entire globe.
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