calming census fears in Liberia

Submitted by jcravens42 on March 25, 2008 - 2:35pm.

Liberia tries pop song, billboards to calm census fears

Story Highlights
# Census workers chalking numbers on houses, huts, shacks stir suspicions
# Liberians deeply distrust government after 24 years of civil war, massacres
# To allay fears, pop star wrote catchy tune about the census; billboards remind people
# Many Liberians illiterate, don't know their age; census takers must be imaginative

And also see the infamous:
Folklore, Rumors (or Rumours) and Urban Myths
Interfering with Development and Aid/Relief Efforts
(and how these are overcome)