If you can make it through the first 3 segments, you can make it through the whole thing

I’m a bit late here, but finally got to watch this today.  This was not some run-of-the-mill documentary that over-promise and under-deliver on implied shocking footage, with disclaimers of violence and language plastered all over the blandness.

This was genuinely shocking, disturbing, and at times, revolting.

Location: Monrovia, Liberia.

In the first ten minutes, you see corrugated shacks with no sanitation, with people shitting along the beaches, 10-year-old boy hooked on crack and talking about raping pregnant women, the most abysmal looking brothel with blood splatters on the wall.  You hear about the massive amounts of weapons still scattered around the city, with rebels ready to pounce on the precarious peace as soon as the UN peacekeepers leave.  You hear a guy rapping about AIDS, hear some shocking statistics – 4th poorest country, where 70% of its women have been raped at some point or another.

And, yes, you see actual footage of cannibalism.

The UN mission is scheduled to leave September 15 of this year.  If and when they do – although extensions look likely, will Liberia’s post-apocalyptic wasteland tumble even further into the inferno?

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