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News Review : Fighting For Survival
Monday 3rd October 2011
No one could blame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf if she hated to leave New York after this year’s U.N. General Assembly opening. Outside her home country, the Liberian president is Africa’s most admired public figure since Nelson Mandela. Her inauguration in January 2006 made her the continent’s first woman head of state in modern times, and for Liberia it marked a decisive shift away from 23 monstrous years of civil war and upheaval—more than a generation of coups, ritual cannibalism, drugged-up child militias, and wanton slaughter. As president, Johnson Sirleaf has received numerous international accolades, including America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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