Images From Liberia

LAST WEEK, I was there as the last known supply of ZMapp, the experimental Ebola drug, arrived at Roberts Field in Liberia. Below are some photographs from that day, as well as some earlier shots taken on and around the airport.

Formally known as Roberts International Airport (ROB), the field was built by the United States government during World War Two. Later the field was managed by Pan Am, which operated something of a mini-hub there, with flights from New York continuing on to Accra, Lagos, Johannesburg and Nairobi, among other places. Pan Am crews would layover at a hotel directly across the street from the terminal. Pan Am left Africa in 1991, and both the hotel and the terminal were destroyed during Liberia’s brutal civil war, which ended only recently. The Chinese are building a new hotel in the same spot, though construction has halted.

Even when the Ebola virus isn’t wreaking havoc, there’s limited scheduled traffic at ROB. The airport is cluttered with United Nations helicopters, and a Russian-crewed 737 shuttles regularly between ROB and Accra, Ghana, carrying soldiers, staff and Liberian citizens returning home. At the moment most of the U.N. personnel stationed at ROB are from Ukraine and Algeria.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY PATRICK SMITH

 

ROB Terminal

 

ROB Apron Worker 1

 

ROB Perimeter Wall

 

ROB UN 737

 

ROB UN Post

 

ROB Apron Workers2

 

ROB B1900

 

ROB UN 737 Tail

 

Yak40atROB2

 

Yak40atROB4

 

ROB UN Quarters

 

UN Dash-7

 

LiberiaRiverside

 

LiberiaCharcoal

 

LiberiaDoorway

 

LiberiaBuckethead

 

LiberiaGirlMud

 

LiberiaGirlPurple

 

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4 Responses to “Images From Liberia”
  1. Ma Zhenguo says:

    Are there still any scheduled commercial flights to Monrovia?

  2. James Wattengel says:

    Thanks for showing a bit of the real world for so many…..

  3. Zin says:

    Patrick, did you have much opportunity to talk with the locals about the current situation?

  4. Cameron says:

    I am curious to know what u were doing at ROB. It’s a little “out of the way.”

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