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Liberia opens a new political era, far from the fratricidal war of 15 years ago

Younth celebrate the inauguration of George Weah as president of Liberia at the Monrovia stadium on January 22. Photo by Albert González Farran for UNMIL
Younth celebrate the inauguration of George Weah as president of Liberia at the Monrovia stadium on January 22. Photo by Albert González Farran for UNMIL

After two years covering the nonsense of war and hunger in South Sudan, where there is little room for optimism and a discouraging repetition of humanitarian misfortunes, I landed a month ago in Liberia where the context is completely different and, although not ideal, it seems a real breath of fresh air. George Weah, known as a former soccer star, is now the president of his country. For the first time, the inauguration ceremony on the 22nd was hold in the largest stadium in Monrovia. A gesture for more than 30,000 people who could witness, and mostly celebrate, the beginning of a new political stage. In a country where corruption and inequalities are still constant, I find that hope and the desire to move forward change the way to look at Africa. I really needed it.

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