The Impact of War

Liberia's Women Soldiers Fight for Dignity, Peace

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Jackie Redd

Jackie Redd became a soldier to revenge her father's murder. Amnesty International hide caption

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Florence Ballah

Florence Ballah tells of life as an armed female soldier in Liberia. Amnesty International hide caption

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More than 30,000 women and girls armed were associated with Liberian armed forces during the country's brutal civil war, where violence left more than 250,000 people dead and another half-million displaced.

Five years after the war's end in 2003, scores of former female soldiers are still fighting for their lives and their country to be restored. Their struggle is chronicled in the new documentary Women of Liberia: Fighting for Peace. The film highlights the struggle of several women fighters who are now trying hard to reclaim their lives and re-integrate into society.

Jackie Redd and Florence Ballah, two former soldiers featured in the documentary, share tell why they fought and how being victims of sexual abused fostered their own sense of warfare.



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