Liberians 'used as forced labour'
The United Nations have accused rebels in Liberia of using civilians as forced labour. The UN’s humanitarian affairs agency (OCHA) said members of the main rebel group, Liberian United for Reconciliation and Democracy [Lurd], were forcing women to harvest rice for them in the northern town of Gbarnga, which is suffering food shortages. According to the agency, recent fighting between Lurd and the government had forced more than 5,000 civilians to flee into nearby Guinea between 29 August and 18 September. The agency quoted aid workers as saying that another rebel faction, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia [Model], that controls southern and eastern Liberia, was also using civilians as forced labour in the Liberia’s second biggest city, Buchanan. Full Story