Just before half time the Amputee All Stars score against Charles' team, sending the coach into a torrent of curses and finger pointing. In the background a song plays loudly on the speakers and Mabel sings along, "The war is over. Everybody just praise God." Back in the stands, the executive director of the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabiliation and Reintegration, Reverend Jervis Witherspoon, watches as the Mighty Conquerors one-armed goalee misses the ball and the other team scores. "We need to get those guys off the street so they can play soccer," he says, half-jokingly.
Two days later in his office, Reverend Witherspoon explains that he disarmed all the ex-combatants and helped form the amputee soccer league because he sees sport as a tool for reintegration. The soccer players, he says, represent Liberia both at home and in games around the world. They receive trophys and medals for their hard work for the team. But at night they sleep on the streets, begging for money to buy a little food, even showing their soccer identification cards so people may pity them and give some extra cash.