Why Liberia’s Natural Resource Curse is More Dangerous than Ebola

Ismail Qaiyim Liberia, Sub-Saharan Africa

As the world monitored the deadly Ebola disease in Liberia with heart wrenching concern amidst daily coverage, underlying conditions that entrench Liberia in a deathly cycle of poverty remain detached from the public narrative. A newly released report on the political economy of the mining sector reveals that Liberia‚Äôs heavily militarized extractive industry earns too little from its iron ore …