While in Liberia in 2012, the Dignity Advocate team went to the supermarket for supplies. For the four of us who had lived in Liberia in the 70s, Abi Joude’s was part of our childhood. The other team members must have wondered about us. It was a store. We were excited about seeing a supermarket. By 2012, its ownership had changed hands and the store’s name was Harbel, but we continued to refer to it by the name we knew: Abi Jaoude’s.
After entering the store, we went up and down every aisle, ogling the merchandise on the shelves and squealing with delight. Eventually we made our purchases.
Abi Jaoude or Harbel – it was good to see something familiar in a country that was still in recovery after two civil wars. It brought back some good memories as well.