Magazine article New Internationalist

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Magazine article New Internationalist

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

by Abigail E Disney and Gini Reticker

Women, wherever you are, whatever your situation, watch this film! It's easily the most inspiring example of what women can do to combat violent, mindless machismo and create peace and sanity.

When Liberia fell, first into the clutches of Charles Taylor, then into a civil war fought between Taylor's cronies and opposition warlords, it was women and children who suffered most. Raped, mutilated, driven from their homes by militants high on drugs and a lust for power, their plight seemed hopeless.

But then a group of women in Monrovia started to organize. Their message was simple: 'We're tired of running, we're tired of war, we want peace.' Dressed in white, they held regular protests in the fish market and united across the religious and ethnic divide, Christian and Muslim women working together. They persuaded, harried and embarrassed both sides until finally their demands for peace talks were impossible to refuse. …

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