Sunday, August 10, 2003

The Liberian President, Charles Taylor, calls his forced departure from the country a "rape of democracy" (Source: BBC News Online).

Taylor is well qualified to talk about rape.

Aid workers say Liberian rebels and government soldiers, some as young as 12 are assaulting thousands of girls and women under the cover of war. The 600 rapes documented in Monrovia since July is thought to be a fraction of the actual total and many rapes have been accompanied by the murder of male relatives (Source: The Guardian).

The Guardian reported last week that uncertainty about what will happen after Charles Taylor steps down tomorrow has encouraged a "frenzy of rape."


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