The final chapter: What will become of Liberia?
The final chapter of our Guide to Liberia begins with Joshua, one-time rapist and murderer of thousands, introducing Shane Smith at his church and denouncing Liberia's fair-weather friends afraid of slums and swamp water. His sermon ends with an open admission of the blood on his hands. In the end, we wonder about the future of Liberia, Generals Butt Naked, Rambo, and bin Laden, and what will become of the child soldiers after the UN leaves. Will it once again dissolve into open warfare? Or can a message of good redeem a country that's been plagued with violence and poverty since its inception?