The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Most people wouldn't like to deal with them'

Lutherans work to rehabilitate Liberia's child soldiers

Behind mirrored sunglasses that barely hide stern gazes, four young men sit at a long wooden table in the Lutheran compound in Monrovia, Liberia. Expecting to get what they want, they demand satisfaction from social worker Leymah Gbowee.

Although the young men get tough, Leymah stands firm. If possible, they will get their shoemaking tools, she says. If not, they will get a bag of rice. It's that simple: they can't have both, and she won't waver.

So the four young men hobble away — on a total of four legs.

Leymah may not be your average social worker, but these aren't your average clients.

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