Liberia as a country was founded for freed American slaves in the 19th century. But in the last 30 years, after riots, a coup and years of civil war, hundreds of thousands of Liberians fled.
Many were given asylum in the United States.
While he was Voice of America's West Africa correspondent from 2003 to 2008, Liberia was Nico Colombant's favorite country to visit. Despite the shambles of previous conflict, he found himself at home in Liberia, and loved the way Liberians expressed themselves with abundant energy.
Back in the United States, he decided to go to Rhode Island, which as the smallest state, happens to have the highest concentration of Liberians in the country.
He wanted to find out why so many Liberians were in Rhode Island, and how they were faring. The result is this five-part web video series for you to enjoy.