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Film on Liberian women & peace

Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles how an interfaith women’s movement became the conscience of Liberia. The group convinced former President Charles Taylor and the warlords to attend peace talks in Ghana in 2003 and shamed them into action when the talks stalled.

An early scene shows Leymah Gbowee standing before her congregation, St. Peter’s Lutheran, Monrovia (where 600 people were massacred in 1990), imploring the women to band together to protest the war.

She began the movement of Christian and Muslim women, the Liberian Mass Action for Peace.


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