New Democrat (Monrovia)

23 November 2012

Liberia: Canada Declares Liberia Unsafe

Canada has updated travel restrictions on its citizens wishing to visit Liberia, warning them against the high rate of crime, fraud and the danger in road travel in Liberia.

The restriction, released on 22 November 2012 warmed Canadian citizens to avoid demonstration and large gatherings and avoid traveling during night hours.

The report: Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world. A high degree of poverty increases the likeliness of criminality, and crime levels in Liberia are high, including in the capital. Muggings, armed assaults and theft are prevalent. Avoid walking alone and displaying any signs of affluence in public, and do not leave valuables or bags unattended.

It also claims that residential armed break-ins are also common, saying crime significantly increases at night due to the lack of electricity in some parts of the capital.

The restriction speaks of violent crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and murder, routinely occur and have involved foreigners, and suggests that police forces can rarely offer protection and do not have the capacity to investigate and prosecute.

Affirming that UNMIL peacekeepers provide national authorities with support and guarantees of limited security on major roads as well as around Monrovia and the main population centers, the restrictions alarm that security problems persist throughout the country, including in Monrovia and many outlying regions.

The travel warning admonished Canadians about conditions at the Roberts International Airport which they should not expect to be comparable to those in Europe.

Roads are generally in poor condition and rarely paved outside Monrovia, moreover, their condition deteriorates significantly during the rainy season, according to the advisory, which urged them always carry valid travel documents.

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