Kingsport Times Newspaper Archives Feb 24 1954, Page 18

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Kingsport Times (Newspaper) - February 24, 1954, Kingsport, TennesseeLiberia grabs the african West coast Republic of Liberia although sparsely inhabited and still primitive in Many ways is going architect of its own future the Jungle country has reached Down with determination to lift itself by its own Bootstraps in Stead of pleading for extensive foreign Aid. Tribal and ancestral customs Are being discarded As the people awaken to the productive efficiency of machinery the value of rail transportation and the benefits of modern medical care. New communication lines Are replacing native Drums. Native chieftains and hard working government officials Are Busy converting Jungle thinking to a 20th Century desire for higher standards of health and education and improved economic and social Levels. The pictures on this Page from the Liberia 1952" exhibition at the american museum of natural history in new York Point up the contrasts in a society just beginning to be touched by Progress. The record a Point in Type of face an american missionary teacher helps a school girl get her sewing machine started. Youngsters Are Given materials to make their own clothes As an incentive to others. Lifting in an underdeveloped area Rich in natural resources. The land is extremely Fertile with an abundance of rain. Iron Ore deposits Are huge. Gold and diamonds Are reported waiting to be mined. The liberians Welcome technical assistance by american advisers particularly in the Field of Public works. However the Flinty boulders of ignorance illiteracy and superstition Are being shattered by the perseverance of its own people. Liberia s Doc tors Small in number Are training teams of nurses and midwives to make periodic trips into the hinterland where infant mortality always has been High and Witch doctors still chant incantations to drive out evil spirits. New roads Are being built by natives recruited from Jungle villages. Industries Are encouraged such As pottery making and weaving employing Large numbers of workers unskilled in modern methods. Weaving is extremely popular with liberian villagers for some tribes Long have been expert to Cotton spinning and weaving on ancient looms. Symbolic of change sweeping Liberia is attempt to faring modern Hospital methods into a hinterland maternity Center. Bed beef marked labor enclose i patient. A works at his ancient loom outside his Home made Jungle Shack. Weaving As an Industry is replacing primitive method of making cloth. Economy is More than a word in the financially hard pressed country. These miniature Cannon Are used to fire 21-gun salutes during Field trips by president. Starting from the ground up to learn a Trade student makes tile from River mud. Tile a new commodity in Liberia is among essentials in a new housing program. Midwives meet weekly with native doctor who reviews their cases and gives instruction on better maternity care. Infant mortality already has been reduced. Photos by Grinj Davis King features Syndicate illiteracy is being overcome by a program in which those taught to read pass on their knowledge to others unable to leave their Homes and attend classes ago Cosem

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