Liberia's Long Road Back

Liberia's Long Road Back

Years after war, rape still endemic in Liberia

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Years after war, rape still endemic in Liberia

In Arizona, an eight-year-old girl -- an immigrant from Liberia -- was allegedly raped by four Liberian boys two weeks ago. It caused outrage in the U.S. and far beyond. Tania Bernath of Amnesty International discusses efforts to combat rape and sexual violence in Liberia and other post-conflict countries.

Posted: July 30, 2009 15:30   Comments: 1
Liberians get by selling coconuts, saving dollar by dollar

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Liberians get by selling coconuts, saving dollar by dollar

Unemployment rates in the U.S. and Canada are approaching double digits, but these figures pale to those in Liberia, where the official unemployment rate stands at 85 percent. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Monrovia describes how Liberians get by, even if they are not formally employed.

Posted: July 1, 2009 13:52   Comments: 2
Former Liberian rape victim and child soldier speaks out

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Former Liberian rape victim and child soldier speaks out

When Jackie Redd was 14, she was forced to join the NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), a rebel group. She was raped and forced to be the "wife" of three men for 11 years, until she escaped in 2001. Jackie is now speaking out.

Posted: April 17, 2009 12:07   Comments: 5
Former child soldiers, sex slaves recover from Liberia’s war

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Former child soldiers, sex slaves recover from Liberia’s war

Some of the biggest victims of Liberia's 14-year civil war were young women who were taken prisoner and forced to fight, or made into sex slaves. Many of them are now struggling to recover and struggling to forget.

Posted: April 16, 2009 15:21   Comments: 7
Liberian women occupy front lines of war on sexual violence

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Liberian women occupy front lines of war on sexual violence

Liberia's recovery after years of civil war has been led by women, who for years were among the biggest victims of the rampant violence in that country. Women are now on the front lines of what's become a war on sexual violence.

Posted: April 15, 2009 14:22   Comments: 11
Liberians scrub tombstones and dance to celebrate the dead

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Liberians scrub tombstones and dance to celebrate the dead

Liberia's Decoration Day is a national holiday that mourns the losses or celebrates the lives of lost loved ones. Liberians bring parties to cemeteries to clean and decorate gravestones, eat and dance.

Posted: April 15, 2009 12:26   Comments: 0
Tune in: Online radio show on African women in power

Worldfocus Radio

Tune in: Online radio show on African women in power

Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the political, economic and social implications of the rise of women power players in Africa. Listen now. Micheline Ravololonarisoa, Lynn Sherr and Aili Mari Tripp joined the conversation.

Posted: April 14, 2009 19:16   Comments: 3
Women’s movement transforms post-war Liberia

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Women’s movement transforms post-war Liberia

For a 14-year period ending in 2003, Liberia struggled with a brutal civil war, a crippled economy and not much hope. That was until a women's movement started to take hold -- a movement that helped to drive a dictator from power and gave women the kind of opportunities they could never have dreamed of.

Posted: April 14, 2009 13:18   Comments: 5
Liberia, “America’s stepchild,” searches for own identity

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Liberia, “America’s stepchild,” searches for own identity

Liberia, a small country in West Africa, has long and deep ties to America. The country, which became infamous in recent years for a bloody civil war, was settled by freed American slaves. Now, Liberia is trying to shape an identity it can call its own.

Posted: April 13, 2009 15:10   Comments: 7
An impatient Liberia confronts high expectations, sacrifice

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An impatient Liberia confronts high expectations, sacrifice

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to Liberia, discusses the positive example set by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and some of the challenges faced by a country rebuilding since the aftermath of its second civil war.

Posted: April 13, 2009 12:37   Comments: 4
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