Tuesday, August 20, 2013

...Showcased Their Talents

 EJ Roye Building towers of Monrovia Harbor, from a postcard c.1970.

"The E.J. Roye Building, on Ashmun Street, before it was 

damaged during the civil war, used to include a theater where 

Liberian children showcased their talents."

This is probably the last post I'll make on the 10-year anniversary of the Accra Peace Accords, with culminated in a weekend "Jamboree" attended by the President and many of her ministers. 

EJ Roye Building, ©2012 Matthew Jones

There's been a fair volume of journalistic reflection on this milestone, a spectrum ranging from colorful and at times anguished and personal writings in the Monrovian newspapers, and some more cursory and rather high-altitude perspectives in the international press. I liked this clever architectural allegory, concluding a New Dawn report from the Decade of Peace celebration on Saturday, both an all-too-rare bit of atmosphere exposition for local journalism, and a poignant image of how Liberia is still scarred, and what it has yet to regain. 

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