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Prepared to walk many miles

Liberian Lutherans search for an elusive peace

Since March more than 1,000 women — many of them Lutheran — have staged regular, nonviolent demonstrations around Monrovia, Liberia, in their quest for lasting peace. Holding placards that call for peace, the women sit — rain or sunshine — in the streets or outside the U.S., Sierra Leone and Guinea embassies, often going all day without food.

They come from across Liberia, including camps for those displaced by war. Fed up with the ongoing violent conflict between Liberian government forces and rebels of the Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy and the Movement of Democracy for Liberia, they call for an immediate, unconditional end to the civil war that has the nation near total collapse.


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