Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Liberia (Liberia)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Liberia

Flag: World flag database.
Map: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: A flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. If it is followed by this icon: (video camera: This links to a video), it is a video in that spoken language. If it is followed by this icon: Sign Language icon, it is in the sign language of that country.


Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

Stained glass bulletUnited Methodist TV. (19 June 2006). Deaf school for Liberia.British/American flags,Liberian flagSign Language iconImagine your world without sound. Deaf children in developing countries often find themselves isolated and struggling to make a living. A missionary who teaches the deaf is giving hope to Liberia's children.

World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Liberia National Association of the Deaf. Contact info only. Click on "J-M" and scroll down to the country name.