The E.J. Roye Building (foreground) and National Bank (background), two of Monrovia’s most iconic wrecked building, visible from several kilometres away across the low-lying marshy lagoons that surround the city. Both buildings were burnt out during the time of civil conflict. The National Bank wasn’t even completed and in use by the time it was destroyed. The roofs of these empty structures are used to mount communication towers – as is the case in much of Africa, Liberian mobile telecommunications are probably the advanced and most reliable of all services.