(miles and miles) to Recovery
Little more than 10 years have passed since Liberia began rising from the ashes of a 14-year civil war that decimated its political, social and economic order.
While nearly 84 percent of Liberia’s population still lives in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 per day, during Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s presidency, the GDP per capita has grown on average by nearly 8 percent per year. The country is slowly navigating a development path leading to better health, a stable democracy, an improved domestic agriculture market, and increased exports of products such as iron and rubber.
Yet despite some advances, Liberians continue to face a daunting challenge – all too often, when the “rubber meets the road,” there is quite literally no road to travel……….see more here.
Russia’s Highway to Hell
How would you like to be caught in a mess like that? This is the story of Russia’s Lena Highway, aka the Highway from Hell. The Russian Federal Hhighway runs from Moscow city to the Siberian city of Yakutsk. The last 600 miles is called the“Lena Highway“. This bizarre road runs parallel to the Lena River on the last leg to Yakutsk. As you can readily see for yourself from the picture, in the summertime, the Lena Highway turns completely to mud whenever it rains.
There are several Internet sites that consider the Lena Highway to be the worst road in the world. Personally I would give this dubious honor to Bolivia’s Road of Death (next story). After all, no one gets killed in the mud, just incredibly aggravated. People actually die on the Bolivian road all the time.
Yakutsk is the capital of the Yakutia Republic, part of the vast Russian region known as Siberia.
The old joke is ‘War is God’s way of teaching us geography‘. With that in mind, any kid who grew up playing the board game Risk remembers Yakutsk and neighboring Kamchatka………..see more here.