The Situation in Liberia
Liberia is located in West Africa with a population of 4.937 million is one the least developed countries in the world, as recorded by the World Bank in 2019. Moreover, chronic malnutrition in the region is as high as 32 per cent as poor household income, increasing food prices, and low agriculture production worsen the food insecurity post the civil war.
Unfortunately, Liberia is also recognized as one of the few countries that were hardest hit by the Ebola Virus Disease, taking away thousands of lives and devastating the economy to an extent where Liberia ranked amongst the poorest countries in the world. More than 2.2 million Liberians faced food insecurities, out of which 1.6 million lived below the poverty line. According to reports, matters concerning the domestic and external environment have gotten worse since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Causes of Poverty in Liberia
Despite Liberia being rich with mineral wealth, the country fails to utilize the minerals to bring in legitimate funding due to corruption in the government. Moreover, the loss of thousands of lives during wars has limited the opportunities for children who were once forced to fight to return to normal civilian life — this has increased the chances of a life of poverty and turned the scale up for crimes. About 1.3 million Liberians live in extreme poverty in urban and rural areas, paired with food insecurity affecting 41 per cent of the total population. This, in turn, has accounted for Liberia having the highest infant mortality rate in the world. The limited infrastructure and high unemployment rate make it tiring for Liberia to classify as a developing country. What’s making the year worse for Liberians is that there have been 5,727 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease in 2019, with 245 deaths as of September 2021. Fortunately, the World Bank approved a $3.75 million grant and $3.75 million International Development Association Credit to help Liberia respond to the outbreak of COVID-19. Although this may shorten the time to recovery, Liberia needs help coping with the economic impacts of wars and pandemics.
The Mission of My Bridge International UK for Liberia
Did you know 38.4 per cent of the total population in Liberia is food insecure, 25 per cent don’t have access to clean drinking water, and only 17 per cent have access to basic medical services? Liberia needs your help to improve its unemployment rates, access to healthcare, and food shortages.
By joining hands with My Bridge International UK, you can help us transform lives in Liberia. We provide food supplies to combat the hunger crisis, build clean water wells and ensure access to basic medical care for helping Liberia recover from its vulnerable state. Contact us at email@example.com to see the difference your donations can make. The more the funds, the quicker Liberia will be able to recover from unstable living conditions and high poverty rates.