A new housing project on a main road leading to the football stadium stands empty in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. For the tiny central African nation of Equatorial Guinea, ... more 
A new housing project on a main road leading to the football stadium stands empty in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. For the tiny central African nation of Equatorial Guinea, co-hosting the African Cup of Nations is an opportunity to show the world its rapid progress after just over a decade of development fueled by an oil boom. However, the football fanfare masks some underlying problems. The country is locked in a "harsh reality of repression and grinding poverty,'' said Daniel Bekele, Africa director of Human Rights Watch, who believes that the country's new luxury developments are disguising the true picture faced by Equatorial Guinea's poor. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ariel Schalit
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 7:37 AM EST