This is the third in our series of interviews with Liberian bloggers from Ceasefire Liberia blog. Read the full set of interviews here.
Today we are talking to Boimah J.V. Boimah, a Liberian journalist.
Where do you live and what do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I am Boimah J.V. Boimah, a Journalist working with the New Democrat Newspaper as a Reporter and the CeaseFireLiberia as a Chief Blogger. I live in Monrovia, Liberia. I go out in search of stories that are of interest to our listening, reading and viewing public.
Could you tell us something about daily life in Liberia?
Daily life in Liberia, I mean Africa’s oldest republic, is difficult as most families here hardly afford a full meal per day. Reportage about corruption in government is high while many rely on hard labor to make a living as unemployment in the formal sector remains high also.
Our staple food here is rice but most families eat other food like cassava, potatoes etc to complement their food desire.
What do locals think about Charles Taylor and other members of the former government? (this question came from one of our readers on Twitter)
Locals here look at Charles Taylor as a tyrant and the man who orchestrated the destruction of this country and many others in the sub-region. To be just enough only those still loyal to former president Taylor talk good of him.
Do you ever feel personally threatened in Liberia these days? Where do the threats come from?
Yes I have receives a series of threats in recent times from government officials who take displeasure in my journalism works. Recently, I was severely beaten by some group of court officials including jurors for taking a photograph while on duty.
What do you like to do when you have some free time?
All I like doing when I am less busy is to read, eat and rest. Sincerely speaking doing things like too much of socialising here as journalist may be a risk.
What’s important to you?
All that is important to me is my Journalism work.
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