Travel Diary: Liberia Prepares To Welcome Secretary Clinton

August 12, 2009
Monrovia Street Scene

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosAbout the Author: Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia.

The streets of Monrovia are abuzz – all Liberia really is – with talk of the upcoming visit by Secretary Clinton. Efforts to clean up the streets are now embraced by all Liberians, not just driven by Monrovia’s dynamic and hard-charging mayor Mary Broh. She has been a powerful, one-woman rebuilding force for several years, earning respect and some resentment, but now the rest of society has joined her to put Liberia’s best foot forward to welcome the U.S. Secretary of State.

Liberians are very fond of Americans and quite proud of the unique partnership between our two countries. They view this visit as a reaffirmation of that relationship and a show of support from the United States. for their efforts to recover from the conflict.

Women in Liberia are pleased to welcome the Secretary for her meeting with the first woman elected Head of State in Africa, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. After the ravages of the conflict here, which affected women and children very heavily, Liberians are proud of their progress in women’s empowerment and inclusion in government. Secretary Clinton has emphasized the link between women's empowerment and social and economic progress throughout her seven-nation trip.

So for now, the whole country waits expectantly for Secretary Clinton’s arrival. Speculation abounds about what the Secretary will say to the National Legislature, and everyone is ready to roll out the welcome mat.

Comments

Comments

joan
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Florida, USA
August 12, 2009

Joan in Florida writes:

as retired PAO in Africa I know how hard everyone is working on this long, challenging trip. Am so very proud of you! Thanks, joan

John
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Greece
August 12, 2009

John in Greece writes:

Great diary and extremely important agenda/strategy for Africa.
Madame Secretary and the Obama Administration are doing a genius work.

According to my opinion, if worldwide diplomacy was a game, the winner of the 21st century stage will be the country which will make it possible to understand the need of helping, advising and collaborating with the people of this poor continent. Thank God, U.S.A. is the only country that has understand this prerequisite of the new millennium. African countries and their progress is a vital component for our western progress too. Unfortunately, but not mysteriously, countries that used to be ex-empires and new ones that act like opportunists (Russia, China, etc.) don't give a cent concerning Africa, especially now that they cannot get something out of it.

American diplomacy is once again miles ahead. And the most important is that it's a humanitarian, promising, two-equal lanes avenue that drives global democracy and happiness to a new start.

Africa can hope again!

Maria
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Liberia
August 12, 2009

Maria in Liberia writes:

I am proud to see hilary visiting Liberia. i welcome her.

Megan
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Liberia
August 12, 2009

Megan in Liberia writes:

No! This appears that the U.S. government officially supports the actions of the APPOINTED Mayor Mary Broh. She is ruining lives and creating destruction. How can it be a "clean up campaign" if she leaves desperate citizens' livelihoods in a pile of rubble?

She seemingly has unchecked power with no real plan for development and has publicly insulted the World Bank, Muslims and referred to impoverished Liberians as lazy. No one associated with the U.S. government should publicly support this offensive woman who has no right to be in power and whose campaign is in no way improving lives.

Please reconsider this article.

Amanda
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Canada
August 12, 2009

Amanda in Canada writes:

I DO NOT CARE WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS....

YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB IN CONGO ABOUT THE QUESTION OF "BILL CLINTON". IT'S ABSOLUTELY ANNOYING WHEN THEY TURNED IT AROUND AND BLAMED IT ON THE TRANSLATOR. YOU HAD EVERY RIGHT TO ACT THE WAY YOU DID. WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY NEED TO STAND UP! IT WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW WOMEN STRUGGLE TO GAIN POWER IN OUR SOCIETIES.

I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR PRESIDENT. YOU WOULD DO A FANTASTIC JOB! KEEP RAISING YOUR HEAD UP HIGH. YOU'LL MAKE IT!

adolphus
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Liberia
August 12, 2009

Adolphus in Liberia writes:

Wow! I am already rolling my own welcome mat for Secretary Clinton. This visit once again confirms that Liberia remains Uncle Sam's strategic friend in the region. I reckon all Liberians will be very proud to see Secretary Clinton on their soil.

Evans
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Liberia
August 12, 2009

Evans in Liberia writes:

I am so happy to have such a great personality that seeks to find solutions to the plight of humanity.Her coming to Liberia is an added manifestation to the huge support that had come to Liberia and what more the US can help us in thinking positively towards our development goals.We are in full gear to see you mounting the clean streets of Monrovia through the help of Madam Mary Broh and many Liberians that have joined the drive to see Liberia free from the garbage attack.Welcome

Enid
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Maryland, USA
August 12, 2009

Enid in Maryland writes:

I am excited about Hilary Clinton's visit to Liberia.I wish I was there to celebrate and welcome her.

Lionel
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Pennsylvania, USA
August 13, 2009

Lionel in Pennsylvania writes:

Great! I'm very happy that Secretary Clinton was able to make the trip to Liberia to see for herself how much this Country is in need of help. It's my prayer after Mrs. Clinton leaves she should use her good office to acquire more assistance to help President Sirleaf provide the needs for our struggling people especially those innocent and helpless children. Please Madam Secretary Liberian?s children are our future and they need all the HELP. LIBERIA-our sweet land of liberty

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