Sunday, October 16, 2005

Making History

It's a lovely, sunny day here in Monrovia. Remarkable because we're in the middle of a very rainy Rainy Season. A gentle breeze is stirring through the trees and reaching me easily as I sit in my windowless house. All the glass panes were looted during the war so all we have are mosquito screens and iron bars to keep the thieves out. Not real protection, really, when armed robbers can simply break the door down and saunter inside as if they own the place. Yes, this is the new Liberia we live in. Right about now we are making history in all sorts of ways: most UN Peacekeepers on the continent, highest crime rate ever, only capital city (heck, country) with no electricity and no pipe-borne water, and in just a few days we may have the first female President in Africa. Kevin Sites is in the Hot Zone; I'm in the Twilight Zone.

2 comments:

eunese said...

i know that liberia, oh! the one where hope is the flame of a tiny candle: signalling a new beginning in the hearts of many, but vulnerable to any of the elements at any time - the political landscpe, the turbulent history, and not forgetting that single rain drop across the sill through the pane-less window. we will see...

Lydia Nimley said...

Just stumbled on this Elma! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR STYLE!! JUST GOBBLING IT UP!!!