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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Liberia lies on what's known as the Pepper Coast, in West Africa. Colonized by freed American slaves in the 1820s, its ties to the U.S. still run deep.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Liberia, once a beacon of stability in West Africa, is now recovering from a 14-year civil war that devastated the country.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    This woman walks to a well to carry back water. Most of the neighborhoods in the Liberian capital of Monrovia have no running water.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Many health problems here in Liberia stem from a lack of sanitation. Here, children walk barefoot through piles of trash in a Monrovia slum.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Local children look on as Nightline producer Bartley Price films in a Monrovia neighborhood that residents named Peace Island after the 14-year civil war here finally ended in 2003
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    With the help of a microfinance organization, midwife Maalu opened a birthing clinic in this community since most women have no way of getting to a hospital.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Most women in Liberia give birth at home, without any skilled attendant present; no wonder Liberia has one of the worst maternal death rates in the world. These mothers-to-be are lucky that a local midwife has opened this clinic in their community.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    This woman tells us she's expecting twins ? her eighth and ninth babies. She'll give birth to them with the help of a midwife in this community clinic that has no electricity or running water.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    At any given time, half of the population of Liberia has malaria. The disease can be particularly devastating for children.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    These midwives-in-training study at the John F. Kennedy Hospital, built with funds donated by the U.S. government back in the 1960s. The lights were turned back on at JFK in 2006, after it was nearly destroyed during Liberia's civil war.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Because so few doctors remain in Liberia following the civil war, the health care system is dependent on other providers, like these midwives. Here, American doctors Andy Sechler and Torian Easterling, both residents at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, are teaching them simple skills to help newborns who struggle to breathe.
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  • Cynthia McFadden in Liberia

    Three brand-new Liberians, born at JFK Hospital during our visit. Finda Tamba, center, would not have survived without an emergency c-section; a surgery her mother could not have gotten in this country just a few years ago.
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