With lush rain forests, ample mineral reserves and sizeable off-shore oil deposits, Liberia is rich in natural resources. Despite this bounty, the West African nation ranks among the poorest countries in the world, and access to education, health care and employment for most Liberians is woefully limited. As a result, many rural Liberians depend on their land to survive. Such is the case for the Jogbahn clan of Grand Bassa County—a group that, with the help of AJWS grantee Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), successfully pushed back against a British-owned palm oil company seeking to grab and develop their ancestral territory.
This photo essay offers a deeper look into the Jogbahn clan’s saga, which was also documented in a recent AJWS blog story.
All photos by Jonathan Torgovnik