That is why I don't write post-apocalyptic fiction.
Because, really, Mad Max, your 28 Days Later and your Fallouts have nothing on what Liberia is like.
I'm not able to describe many places worse than Liberia. Because Liberia really is an utter shit hole. And it is a far more uncomfortably nasty and hellish shit hole than the post-apocalyptic fantasies I mention above are. It is real for a start, and it is a systematic failure of UN intervention, many years of corrupt authoritarian dictatorships (is there any other kind?), two civil wars and massive poverty. This place is what the world would look like if Fallout was real.
For me trying to use a scenario in fiction for pulpy hijinks without directly acknowledging the situation in Liberia or Somalia seems to me, well, not crass exactly, but just pointless and lacking in verisimilitude.
Now writing mundane fiction, or stories that aren't exploiting this imigary "just because it is cool" I'm down with.
"He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him."
- Charles Taylor