Liberia Report: From War to Peace

Chillin’ at the Peace Cafe


Benjamin Somah walked into Monrovia’s Peace Cafe, where our freshly arrived team sat with a few local contacts, enjoying some coffee and Internet time. Our friends knew this local craftsman, so we checked out his artwork.


We already knew that Liberia’s fourteen-year civil war had deeply wounded the nation, affecting every area of life. Among the general population, the PTSD rate is estimated at 70 percent. When Benjamin showed us the fistful of empty rifle shells he pulled from his pocket, I wondered just how emotionally scarred he might be.

From war…..

But then he opened his backpack to show us what he does with these shells. Traditional Liberian figures, crosses, Nativity pieces, and even a chess set–Benjamin had redeemed the grim reminders of war, turning them into artistic symbols of peace.

…. to peace

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About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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3 Responses to Liberia Report: From War to Peace

  1. What a wonderful transformation it is. Benjamin must be quite a guy.

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