Here are a few pictures from our trip to Liberia.  Like I said earlier, I didn’t actually take very many photos while we were there.  We only ended up being in Liberia for three days, so we stayed constantly busy — plus, it was difficult to be snapping pictures knowing that I was going to be leaving and didn’t have anything more to give this time.  The need in Liberia is so great.  We’ve been hearing about it for months from Ahmad, and were somewhat prepared — but there is nothing like seeing it first-hand.  We were deeply impacted… and our desire to go back and spend some more time was confirmed.  This trip was more than a journey to bring our son home — it was a confirmation of  things that have been stirring in our hearts for a long time.  

If you want to see more pictures, my dear friend and travel companion, Jamie, has some wonderful ones on her blog.  She and her husband arrived a few days before we did, so she had more opportunity with her camera than I did with mine.  

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(above: the road that took us to the Embassy)

(below: a typical house like the one Ahmad and his wife rent a room in… many families under one roof.  This is one of the nicer ones we saw.)

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The traffic was insane.  Like nothing I’ve ever seen.  No stop signs or stop lights… no turn lanes or center lines — but somehow everyone knew the “rules” and it actually worked!  (Car horns being crucial to the flow of traffic!)

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The market outside the Embassy.  (That’s Sydney with her arms full…)

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Peter bought a bag of water from a little girl… You just bite off the corner to drink it.

(*added note: after so many worried comments, I figured I had better add that the Guest House host, Rick, assured Peter that as long as he bought the bag with writing on it, it was perfectly safe… I was dubious — but of course, he HAD to try it! …and so far, so good! 🙂 )

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The road back to the airport.  It was by far the nicest road we traveled.  I wish I had gotten a picture of some of the other roads.  Geesh!  The potholes were big enough to swallow a car!

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