AFRICA COST OF CONFLICT

** FILE ** Liberian government soldier Col. James Gaylfor, 32, left, patrols close to the small Liberian town of Compound 7, some 25 miles from Monrovia, Liberia, in this Sept. 9, 2003 file photo. A report released Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, by three international non-governmental organizations estimates the huge costs in people and money, spent by war-battered African nations, where some two dozen wars have been fought over the past 20-years. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, file)