Land Disputes Unearth Shaky Legal Foundation: Will Liberias Land Reform Provide Stability
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Three weeks into my 6-month tour in Liberia, I was just beginning to get used to navigating the city on roads without traffic laws. One morning, I tested my skills on the way to an early meeting with the Armed Forces of Liberia legal staff. While enroute, I encountered a crowd forming in the street, which quickly began blocking the road. One of the children in the neighborhood started directing traffic, ordering cars to turn around or take and off-road detour. My paralegal asked the boy why the crowd had formed, to which the boy replied, land dispute. We turned around just before the assembly turned into a riot, shutting down a main thoroughfare out of the city for hours.
- Government and Political Science