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Liberian Girls Face Rape, Abuse Despite War's End

Liberian girls are still being raped, exploited and neglected in refugee camps, nearly a year after the end of fighting in the impoverished West African nation, a watchdog group reported on Wednesday. “Sexual violence, rape and many other forms of abuse were rampant throughout the civil war and it continues today. Teenage girls, single women and mothers with young children have been, and still are, the primary targets,” said Ellen Jorgensen of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children who recently visited Liberia. “Our children have been forgotten and left to suffer. We need to get them back and let them be what they are: Children, not prostitutes, not soldiers, not caretakers, but children,” said Liberian Bendu Holder of the New Liberia Foundation.Full Story

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