An aerial view of West Point, Monrovia.

West Point is an urban slum in central Monrovia with a population of approximately 65, 000 people. A high percentage of the community moved here from other parts of Liberia as a result of the conflict. West Point is not an easy place to live in. Conditions are cramped and the infrastructure is inadequate (e.g. clean water, roads, sewers). The town ship is a rabbit warren of corrugated-iron roofed huts sprawling across the entirety of a coastal peninsular. It is not uncommon for up to nine people to live in one room in a house shared by multiple other families. As a result there is considerable competition for space and resources. There are limited employment opportunities and widespread poverty. A high concentration of ex-combatants living in the township also adds an extra source of tension.