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5 Facts about Liberia

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1. Marcus Garvey started the back to Africa movement in the US. Liberia was the most popular destination. The Liberian government promised 25 acres of free land for each immigrant family and 10 acres for each single adult

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2. Out of the 25,000 Liberian students that took the University of Liberia’s entrance exam, 0 passed. This would have resulted in a freshman class of 0, but the University finally caved and admitted a lucky 1,800 students

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3. Liberia has 0.014 doctors per 1000, making there only about 60 Liberian doctors

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4. China’s embassy in Liberia set up Chinese language courses for Liberians, as the ambassador expressed frustration that nobody in Liberia’s foreign ministry spoke Chinese and that there is discrepancy when officials visit China with an interpreter from the Chinese side only

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5. Jimmy Carter was the first American president to visit sub-Saharan Africa when he visited Liberia in 1978. Carter was hosted by Liberian president Tolbert and his cabinet, all of whom were gunned down a year later

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