In Liberia the climate is tropical, hot and humid all year round, with a rainy season from May to October due to the African monsoon, and pretty frequent rains in the other months, except in the short dry season that runs from December to February. This makes for a green, lush environment in most of the country as we found out on our evening walk earlier.
The rains have gone on longer than usual this year and this picture from the Liberian Observer shows just how bad the road is from the capital to the county in which we are based currently.
The health professionals coming to our Newborn Care Courses this week have to travel this road. On motorbikes apparently because the cars that were supposed to be bringing them can not get through.
This evening, I was admiring the sunset from the UNHCR compound where we are staying. The next thunderstorm is obvious on the horizon in this picture and is just breaking now as we are going to bed. The rain on the corrugated iron roof is deafening and there is a leak in the ceiling just above the sofa. How do the children study in the evenings in conditions like this? It makes me think of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which is one of the topics on tomorrow’s GIC. More about that in tomorrow’s post – if the internet is still working. A lightening strike has damaged our Wifi so we’re reliant on Kola’s data at the moment.