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Senegal’s 160ft, $27m new monument 3, April 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Random.
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Senegal has proudly unveiled a $27 million, 160 foot statue in the capital Dakar. The ‘Monument of African Renaissance’ is higher than the Statue of Liberty and depicts, its detractors say, ‘un-Islamic scantily clad figures’. Whatever the merits of the design, one can’t help but ask whether this $27 million could have been better spent in a country languishing 168th in the world with a literacy rate of 39%, with nearly 59 infant deaths per 1000 ranking Senegal 185th and with a GDP per capita of $1700 relegating Senegal to 157th in the world according to the CIA world factbook.

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