Today in Cis Privilege: Liberia’s victims of sexual violence turn to being purchased for rape to survive in peacetime

‘Everything is broken, spoiled. They killed my ma and my pa and impregnated me, three men during the war. I live by myself and my two children are sitting at home, not going to school. There’s no one to help me.’

Carmen was ten when she was gang raped during the brutal civil war in Liberia that lasted from 1999 to 2003. The conflict left a generation of children orphaned and traumatised, without education or skills to make a living, and thousands of teenage girls were left pregnant from rape, with no means to support their children.

Now Carmen has no choice but to work as a hopojo, or sex worker, to support her son, now 10, and her daughter, seven.

‘When I don’t go on the street, I can’t eat and nor can my children,’ she adds.

http://www.trust.org/item/20140609105720-me5ov/?source=fiTheWire

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