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Hope from horror

An Economist article (subscription only, alas) on hopes for Sierra Leone's future begins with a bittersweet optimism:

Amputees can be surprisingly good at soccer. The ones at Freetown's amputee camp twist, dribble and shoot, careful all the while not to tap the ball with their crutches, which is against the rules. After a decade of civil war, so many people in Sierra Leone have lost limbs to mortars, machetes or polio that Ibrahim Touré, captain of the team, dreams of a national amputees' cup.

(The BBC reported that the results of last week's peacefully conducted elections in Sierra Leone were promising. Let me know if you'd like me to email you the text of the Economist article.)

May 23, 2002 12:27 PM

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