10/08/2009

Brave Women of Liberia Struggle for Peace

'Pray the devil back to hell' is a documentary film that tells the story of how a group of Liberian women paved the way to make it possible for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become the first democratically elected President in Africa in January 16, 2006. Dr. Johnson-Sirleaf made a keynote speech at a workshop on gender and infrastructure co-sponsored by the World Bank and the Government of Japan. After winning the election she talks about her vision of Liberia in Nov 2006. PBS Independent lens captures the Iron Ladies of Liberia.

She is recently barred from office for 30 years by the Truth and Reconciliation Office, she helped to set up in 2005. The role of The US government in Liberia remains unclear. CIA had reportedly used Liberia as a base to attempt the overthrow of Gadaffi's regime in Libya. The First Liberian Civil War (1989-1996), which was one of Africa's bloodiest, claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Liberians and further displaced a million others into refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Women ravaged by war in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and other places are organizing to meet global food crisis, hunger and malnourishment with the help of Women For Women International.

Women and children are the largest yet mostly invisible casualties of War. See PBS wideangle episodes on Women, War and Peace.