Drawing a crowd on Broad Street

Monrovia, Liberia.    Hey! ‘member me? ‘member me?! A soldier is in my face, so close I step back to have a better look. Now I see my friend “Special Forces”. He is lively and has drawn a crowd on Broad Street in downtown Monrovia. He has an act, a routine of moves from his days as child soldier. His diverse audience includes people too young to have lived through Liberia’s civil war, a war that lingers in the mind of my friend every day.

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His reenactment of war memories appears triggered by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mostly the crowd finds him entertaining, though some are alarmed by his behavior.

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