Monrovia - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Depends on the disability and your employer's support. The country itself is generally not disability-friendly in the practical sense. I don't know of a single elevator in the entire country, although I heard rumors that one does exist somewhere. From a cultural sense, however, people with disabilities are well-supported because the civil war resulted in many Liberians losing limbs. - Oct 2021

Yes, it is just not built for people with handicaps. There are very few elevators or ramps for example. - Aug 2019

Yes. - Aug 2019

Yes. Many apartments do not have elevators. Sidewalks are uneven and often stalls of merchandise fill the space. - Aug 2019

Yes, there is no provision of any kind for anyone. Lots of the accommodation is in apartment blocks without lifts. - Nov 2017

Yes. There is very little infrastructure, and what there is, is in poor condition. Most buildings do not have elevators - or if they do, the unreliable electricity makes it inadvisable to use them. There's no such thing as handicapped parking, and there are none of the other accommodations for the disabled that can be found in developed countries. - Aug 2015

Yes. Terrible curbs, no sidewalks, few if any ramps, almost no elevators. - Dec 2013

They would not have a very good time. Anyone who is wheelchair-bound would have a very hard time in most places, as elevators themselves are rare. When the new embassy was made, the majority of the local staff had to be instructed how to use the elevators, as most had never seen one before. To my knowledge, only one of the housing facilities has an elevator. - Dec 2012

A lot. Ramps/elevators/sidewalks are rare. The country is not barrier-free at all. - Aug 2010

This would be an almost impossible location to live in if physically disabled. The entire city is a virtual industrial zone - deep potholes, major cracks, hanging electrical wires, no ramps, etc. - Jul 2009

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