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Life without electricity in Liberia

Only 0.58% of the residents of Liberia have access to public electricity.

Outside the capital city, public power is practically unheard of - just one of the very obvious results of the carnage caused to the country's infrastructure by the years of civil war.

Reporting from Liberia's capital, Monrovia, Today programme presenter Evan Davis examined what kind of difficulties this presents to those living and working there.

One Liberian business owner told Evan "it's a major problem" that is born of "democratic inertia".

This is a longer version of the broadcast report.

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