Liberian Women Battle to Bridge Generation Gap

   •    July 9, 2007

This article was originally published by Voice of America.

During the civil war that raged for 14 years in Liberia until a peace agreement between rebels and government forces was sealed in 2003, the country’s education system crumbled to the point of non-existence. Most young people were forced to abandon their classrooms to participate in what remains one of Africa’s most brutal bush wars, or to flee for their lives to refugee camps.

Carla Koppell, of the Initiative for Inclusive Security, a Washington D.C.-based think tank that’s doing extensive work in Liberia, has met with the country’s female political leaders.

“They identified the mentoring of the next generation as really critical. It is one of their highest priorities, along with closing the education gap,” says Koppell.

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