Many of you have asked questions about my place of birth so here is some information of my home land; Monrovia, Liberia - Africa.
I have also included the flag of Liberia (very similar to the United States flag), a map, the orphanage I lived at (http://www.wacsn.org/Home.asp), and the very first picture my mom and dad saw of me (I'm looking a bit sad because I was hungry).
- The capital of Liberia is Monrovia. That's were I was born!
- Monrovia was named after former U.S president James Monroe. Which by the way brings me to mention that my name is James Monrovia Epp. My parents thought changing my middle name from Kid to Monrovia would be special and unique and I agree.
- English is the official language. That's why I can talk so good!
- The president of Liberia is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is the first female president in Africa.
- Liberia is on its way to a very slow recovery after being in a 14 year civil war where many children were used as soldiers.
EFFECTS OF THE WAR:
- One in eight babies die at birth and nearly half the children die before they are five years old.
- The unemployment rate in Liberia is 85%.
- 80% of the people live in extreme poverty.
- There are no functioning public utilities, and the vast majority of Liberians have no access to electricity, water and basic sanitation facilities.
- Most medical facilities have been destroyed, looted or damaged preventing children from receiving basic and necessary care.
James Monrovia Epp