Silence is the Enemy

In modern times, we’ve seen mass rape as an element of warfare in Congo, Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, Liberia — but the lesson here in Liberia in West Africa is that even when the fighting ends, the rape continues.
Nicholas Kristov, After Wars, Mass Rapes Persist

Young girls, some as young as three, are victims of the mass culture of rape and sexual abuse that persists in western Africa. More than half of Liberian women have been raped in the aftermath of the civil war. This situation has led Sheril Kirshenbaum over at The Intersection to start a coalition of bloggers to spread awareness of the problem. There are already many great posts up, and you can see the whole coalition here.

So, what can we do? Well, if you’ve got a blog, join in and spread the word! Write to or call your elected representatives – political interest is going to be necessary in bringing about change. And donate to charities that help to make a difference. Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders) provides medical care in some of the most war-torn and impoverished areas of the world. You can give tax-deductable donations if you live in Australia, the USA, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates or the United Kingdom. And it’s easy!.

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