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Kevin Rennie
Citizen journalist, Teacher (retired),Volunteer (Melbourne, Australia)

I am a retired secondary teacher and unionist. I have been an Australian Labor Party member since 1972. After teaching in Victorian schools from 1975, I spent 8 years teaching in the Northern Territory: 4 in Katherine, followed by 4 in Maningrida, an aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Returned in June 2008 to Melbourne to live after 15 months in Broome. Now live near Red Bluff which overlooks Half Moon Bay on Port Phillip Bay's eastern side. I am a Global Voices author.


Ceasefire Liberia: Rising African Voices

Published 20th May 2010 - 15 comments - 8313 views -

Nat Bayjay is the Project Manager of Ceasefire Liberia:

Ceasefire Liberia is a multimedia project to put Liberian Diaspora in touch with what is happening at home. Liberia is recovering from 14 years of Civil War. Ceasefire is trying to bridge the gap between Liberians across the world and those who are still at home.
from Muhammad Karim - GV Citizen Media Summit

It is a Rising Voices initiative of Global Voices:

Ceasefire Liberia ... aims to document the Liberian experience on both sides of the ocean. It includes a book, documentary film work, and now a blog. The goal of the blog is to connect the Liberian community in Liberia with the rest of the Diaspora in order to create a dialogue between those who fled during the war and those who remained.
About Ceasefire Liberia

I managed to capture Nat's presentation to the recent GV Citizen Media Summit in Santiago, Chile. It was an inspiring moment. In Nat's words, it's "beyond the ordinary"!


Ceasefire Liberia: Rising African Voices from Kevin Rennie on Vimeo.


One of their challenges is to recruit more female Liberian bloggers. Nat Bayjay can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you are not familiar with the amazing world of Global Voices,  please visit us. GV has 'more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media'. It's a very special feeling when your posts are translated into other languages including Bangla and Swahili.

At last count four Global Voices authors are Th!nk3: Developing World competitors: Andrea Arzaba (Mexican), Sylwia Presley (Polish), Marianne Diaz (Venezuelan) and myself.

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  • Aija Vanaga on 20th May 2010:

    Liberia is an interesting country to look at. Recently saw a documentary about it.

  • Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 20th May 2010:

    Global Voices is awesome smile

  • Andrea Arzaba on 20th May 2010:

    I agree with Daniel!

  • Kevin Rennie on 20th May 2010:

    Huffington Post has a related article by Global Voices’s Ruth Ackerman: To Publish or Not to Publish that touches on both Ceasefire Liberia and the issues raised in Andrea Arzaba’s post about ethics and photojournalism.

  • Tobias Eigen on 21st May 2010:

    This is great! Thank you so much for capturing this presentation and sharing it on your blog. I’d be grateful if you (or perhaps someone from Ceasefire Liberia) would crosspost it to Kabissa, where I am eager to help spread the word about the initiative in Liberia (and hopefully help them get more bloggers male and female) as well as encourage more citizen journalism throughout in Africa.

    I’ve already blogged about Ceasefire Liberia on Kabissa:



  • Kevin Rennie on 21st May 2010:


    I’m happy for you to crosspost to Kabissa with the usual acknowledgments and links. To do this myself I’d need access to your website/blog.

  • Tobias Eigen on 21st May 2010:

    Hi Kevin-

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    You can join Kabissa at and join the Connect group at signup. Then add your post to the Connect group at

    Thanks! I really appreciate it.


  • Kevin Rennie on 27th May 2010:

    Ceasefire Liberia is one year old. The good news is at Ceasefire Liberia in the News.

    It includes a link to a German language story by Jan Hendrik Becker The [url=http://www.Weltverbesserer]http://www.Weltverbesserer[/url] Use google translate if your German’s no better than mine. Well worth a read.

  • Kevin Rennie on 07th August 2010:

    More Than Me on giving the gift of education through GlobalGiving brings another good news story from Liberia. More Than Me has just won ‘the Grand Prize and Africa region winner of GlobalGiving’s first Facebook photo contest’. Please click on the link to read more about this foundation that is helping girls to get an education in Liberia.

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