Last night, I was watching some missionary footage of Liberia. The nation is really bad off. The infrastructure is destroyed, outside the major cities there is very little running water and bathrooms, and electricity is very rare. The roads are so bad that a 100 mile trip takes over 8 hours in many cases. The missionaries were going around the country with well digging equipment digging wells and establishing churches. They have dug nearly 150 wells in villigages that had no wells and no consistent source of clean water. I realize most here will criticize the presence of those missionaries, but to see the look on their faces when the missionaries show up, and dig wells to reach water that was there all along, but not accessible to them previously. The country is beautiful. But the economy is in shambles. The unemployment rate is over 80%. I understand that the current president is a Harvard educated banker and administrator is trying to turn things around by reducing corruption and attracting foriegn investments. I am wondering what would it take to make Liberia into a successful, independent, self-sustaining nation capable of attracting African Americans and a type of society we could be proud of? I am interested in a real conversation on this topic. One that I can learn the source of the problems there and understand more about our brothers and sisters who went their after slavery. Any information on Liberia, its history, or insight into how to correct its problems would be greatly appreciated.