Monrovia, Feb 6 – After a 15,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission to Liberia, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) which stabilized Liberia that already held two successful democratic presidential and legislative elections, on Monday announced final departure following 14 years of service.
In a resolution in August 2003, the UN Security Council authorized UNMIL to disarm and demobilize thousands of maurading combatants used by several warlords to commit atrocities in this country a decade and half ago.
UNMIL also trained a brand new national army, police, immigration as well as other security and law enforcement forces over 14 years during which they were deployed throughout Liberia.
The UN Security Council authorized the mission following the signing of a Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) by warring factions and civil society leaders in Accra, Ghana following the forced resignation of then president Charles Taylor August 3, 2003.
They also reinforced respect for rule of law, human rights and gender sensitivity.
As nearly 160 UNMIL personnel died of different causes, new President George Weah consoled the UN family for the human losses sustained and praised the men and women in blue helmets for a success story here.
Decorations of dozens of UNMIL troops from contributing countries climaxed the occasion held at UNMIL headquarters in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
The West African Journal was a major magazine publication in the United States with a focus on the Mano River region and West Africa sub-region during the civil crises in Liberia and neighboring countries during the decades of the 1990s.
This was the period when many citizens and others in the sub-region were fleeing their homeland due to conflicts, and the magazine was a reliable source of information covering developments in the region and in the Diaspora. However, the magazine suspended publication several years ago but is now back.
It is, therefore, delightful that The West African Journal has been reactivated. The print edition of the magazine, to be published monthly and distributed in the United States, West Africa, and other parts of the world, will provide analysis of the major events of the period under review.
Due to challenges relating to availability of reading materials in the sub-region, a few hundred copies of every edition of the magazine will be distributed free of charge to libraries and reading rooms at schools and institutions of higher learning in the sub-West Africa sub-region.
The Journal covers government/politics, economics/international trade/investment and partnerships, women's issues, showcase of tourism and historic attractions in West Africa in particular, and Africa in general, as well as cover the Diaspora, entrepreneurship, among others.
The Journal also taps into growing interest in the Unites States regarding resource-rich Africa as the next frontier for global economic progress amid an increasing global competition for access to the continent’s abundant natural resources. The magazine will regularly cover bilateral and multilateral partnerships between the US/multinational agencies and Africa/individual African countries.
More importantly, in considering the danger of Climate Change and Global Warming, The Journal serves as a strong and unrelenting advocate to create international awareness regarding Climate Change, especially how West African countries and the African Continent as a whole are being negatively impacted. Through its environmental coverage, The Journal promotes education and awareness for people to be empowered.
Our experienced team of editors, reporters and feature writers are excited to bring the stories that impact politics, finance, economy, arts, health, education, climate change, women and youth issues in Africa today.
The West African Journal is registered and published in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Plans are underway to open a bureau office in Liberia, from which operations in other West African countries will be coordinated.
Our journalists, who bring decades of high engagement of news and reportage, include former BBC veteran correspondent Isaac D.E. Bantu, former Daily Observer Features Editor and publisher of the West African Journal Joe S. Kappia, and Pana Press Editor Tepitapia K. Sannah, and respected Photo journalist and editor Gregory Stemn.
These experienced and internationally-respected journalists ensure a high standard of professional journalism.
Information and inquiries for The West African Journal should be directed to the following:
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