Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Liberia's national sports stadium reopened

During the last months of Liberia's brutal 14 year long war in 2003, the SKD Sports Stadium in Monrovia provided shelter for nearly 60,000 refugees. This week, after a $1.3m makeover courtesy of the People's Republic of China, and stadium officially opens with a Liberia -v- Sierra Leone soccer match followed by a music concert. To be honest, I struggle with such use of funds - after all, $1.3m could go a long way to buying food for the many malnourished children here, or could have refitted many of the clinics looted during the war, but I guess its part of the international community's attempt to help boost Liberia's self confidence. Photo of the inside of the stadium taken in August 2003. Olly

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