Stay Safe in Liberia
Avoid walking late at night, and make sure your vehicle doors are secured while driving. When a car is stopped, thieves will frequently reach inside the vehicle and steal anything they can, so keep the windows open, particularly in Monrovia’s busier neighborhoods (redlight). Rape and armed robbery are both frequent and on the increase in the United States. Hotels and other similar establishments have private security and are quite secure.
Former fighters, armed with machetes, roam the streets of Monrovia’s poorest neighborhoods (Redlight). Former fighters may also be found at the Palm Grove Cemetery on Center Street. Do not attempt to go there alone.
The intersection of Randall and Carey is very hazardous and said to be a drug dealer’s hangout.
Stay in groups and avoid deserted areas.
Keep an eye on the locals; if they are going about their business as usual and there are lots of women and children about, there are unlikely to be significant causes of worry. If, on the other hand, people have vanished from a normally bustling area, or you find yourself surrounded solely by teenagers, you should attempt to flee as quickly as possible.
UNMIL has brought peace to the nation (in general), but the security situation is expected to worsen after UNMIL departs.
In the event of an evacuation, it is a good idea to notify your embassy that you are in the nation.
Also, study all you can about the security situation. Locals are a valuable source of knowledge. However, be wary about believing everything you hear. Because rumours are the primary source of information in Monrovia, they spread like wildfire. Details, on the other hand, are often incorrect.
Local newspapers are enjoyable to read. The Daily Observer has the most readers, but there are many others. They are available for purchase on the street.
Because rape is on the rise, be wary about walking alone in previously unknown or isolated places. Women will be treated with respect by males in general. They may tell you how lovely you are, that they “love you,” or even ask you to marry them (for the status rather than the money), but they will never grasp your hand or act inappropriately.
Stay Healthy in Liberia
HIV is on the rise, despite its low prevalence. There is a lot of prostitution going on.
Malaria, typhoid, and worms are all extremely prevalent. Liberia is a hotspot for infectious illnesses in general, therefore disinfectants and gels are recommended (especially as handshakes are the norm).
Because foreign travelers have access to a limited number of physicians, obtaining medical assistance may be difficult. For private patients, the Kennedy hospital seems to have a Jordanian wing. MSF will see a traveller as well, but only in extreme circumstances.
On most street corners, you can buy bottled water in a bag. It is intended to be filtered and safe, however this cannot be confirmed. To be safe, drink only bottled water. Bottled water is available at every store, restaurant, or Total petrol station.
Liberia had a devastating Ebola epidemic in 2014 and 2015, but was proclaimed Ebola-free in 2016. There hasn’t been a single instance of the illness since then.