FACTS
LIBERIA ORPHANS
WORLDWIDE LITERACY

1. Liberia's capital city, Monrovia, was named after U.S. President James Monroe. (2)

2. The design of Liberia's flag, Lone Star, was based on the U.S. Flag, Old Glory. Lone Star has one star as opposed to Old Glory's 50 stars. (2)

3. English is the official language in Liberia, but there are also over 20 ethnic group languages. (2)

4. Liberia's population is made of the following ethnic groups: 95% indigneous Africans, 2.5% Americo-Liberians (descendants of immigrants from the U.S.A. who had been slaves), and 2.5% Congo (descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean who had been slaves). (2)

5. The Republic of Liberia was founded in 1822 by freed slaves from the U.S.A. (2)

6. Since 2003, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has maintained 18,000 peacekeepers in Liberia. (2)

7. The unemployment rate in Liberia is 85%. (2)

8. Eighty percent of Liberia's population lives below the poverty line. (2)

9. Religion in Liberia is: 40% Christian, 40% indigenous beliefs, 20% Muslim. (2)

10. Life expectancy at birth is 39.65 years. (2)

11. Liberia is slightly larger than Tennessee. (2)

12. In late 2005, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard graduate, was elected as Liberia's president. She is the first female president in Africa. (2)

13. Liberia's civil crisis killed a quarter of the population, and displaced hundreds of thousands of survivors.

14. More than half of Liberian children do not attend school. (16)