Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Waterside Bridge Collapses


This is one of two bridges linking downtown Monrovia with the North-West of the country, as well as the Port of Monrovia and the suburb of Bushrod Island, where most Monrovians live. This bridge was probably the single most contested piece of road in the whole country at several stages of the 14-year civil war. In the final battles for Monrovia in 2003, government forces held the downtown side and rebels showered them with mortar fire from the port area. Still today the light poles and sign poles on the bridge are full of bullet holes, and the side rails are falling off.

Until it collapsed, the bridge streamed with wheelbarrow traffic carrying everything from fresh donuts to lingerie from one side of town to the other.

The scene of jubilation by marketers at the bridge after the total collapse this morning at 2 am was marked by the belief that God has again rescued Liberians from another nightmare.

Huh? (The Liberian Times never ceases to amaze.)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ledger - how're the US elections playing out in Liberia?

11:22 PM  
Blogger josh said...

not sure. wish i knew. will ask around. among the expats i work with , people are very happy with the congress changing hands.

9:51 AM  
Blogger josh said...

BTW, the quote from the newspaper about people rejoicing: i read in another newspaper that there had been a prophesy that the bridge would someday collapse and take many liberians with it. but since that didn;'t happen, i guess people were celebrating.

9:56 AM  

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