Liberia – the country where citizenship depends on your skin colour

Published: 26/Mar/2018
Source: BBC

By Jonathan Paye-Layleh

Tony Hage has lived in Liberia for more than 50 years.

It is where he went to university. Where he met his wife. Where he set up his successful business.

He has stayed when so many others have fled the country’s years of unrest- determined to see the country he loves and calls home succeed.

But Mr Hage, it could be argued, is a second-class citizen in Liberia. In fact, he is not a citizen at all – prohibited from becoming a full member of Liberian society because of the colour of his skin and his family’s roots in Lebanon.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2018