Thursday, March 13, 2008


Restored streetlighting in Monrovia's Paynesville, or Red Light, neighborhood has dramatically reduced crime in every major category, official statistics show.

Former American slaves founded Liberia in 1822, and the United States long has played an outsize role in Liberia's national dramas, much as the British and French have in their former African colonies. Monrovia is named for U.S. President James Monroe. Aid from the United States helped the power company restore the first pieces of the public system in 2006. Ghana and the European Union also contributed.

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