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Africa | In Liberia’s hidden places, amputee players wait for empowerment (w/ podcast)
Posted By John Turnbull On 6 April 2008 @ 21:14 In Africa,Podcast | 1 Comment
Monrovia, Liberia | Football has its hidden stories, but even when these stories are reported some aspects still remain hidden.
Such is the case with amputee footballers of Liberia, who on Apr 6 defeated neighbor Sierra Leone to earn the championship of the second All Africa Amputee Cup of Nations . In the final at Antoinette Tubman Stadium—the facility named for the spouse of former president William Tubman—Junior Kulee scored Liberia’s lone goal.
Journalist Ruthie Ackerman  had come across a side of amputee footballers during a reporting visit to Monrovia. Unlike earlier media reports, the results of her investigation—including an article in The Nation (“Scars and Stripes ,” 28 Jan 08)—focused on the less seemly aspects of the amputees’ stories: that they must beg for their bread and that many have been left in the lurch by oversubscribed and underfunded rehabilitation programs.
More to come …
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URLs in this post:
 All Africa Amputee Cup of Nations: http://www.worldamputeefootball.com/
 Foreign Exchange: http://foreignexchange.tv/
 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: http://www.pulitzercenter.org/
 Ruthie Ackerman: http://www.ruthie-ackerman.com/
 Scars and Stripes: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080128/ackerman
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