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Two Liberians whose families escaped civil war in the 1990s and sought refuge in the US have been elected to office in the states of Colorado and Rhode Island respectively.

Liberians who fled civil war elected in US elections

Ricks and Biah, fled the civil war in their homeland, and had to begin life all anew in new land. A few years later, high school principal Nathan Biah has been elected to represent Rhode Island’s District 3 at the US Congress, while Ricks was elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives.

Ricks fled the Liberia Civil War and resettled in Aurora, Colorado where she got her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Ms Ricks who ran on the Democratic Party ticket in Colorado said she will seek “to ensure that whether you are a new immigrant or a fifth-generation Coloradan, you are given an equal opportunity to succeed in life.

The win makes her the first Liberian-American woman to be elected into the Colorado State Assembly.

Mr Biah spent his childhood in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, when the civil war broke out. He walked to the border with neighbouring Ivory Coast before reuniting with his family in Rhode Island, according to his campaign website.


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As a representative, Biah said his force will be on hearing the thoughts, and concerns of his constituents and working with them to solve problems.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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