“[I was] just asking a simple question, and the next thing [I was] getting slapped in the face, kicked.” Soon, Glain was on the ground, blood gushing from a deep gash on her head.
Someone from the car had hit her with a glass bottle. The government announced that the alleged assailant, Darlington George, has been dismissed from his post.
That legacy of peacebuilding has continued to be effective today through institutions such as the Peace Huts a project of the same movement that is now supported by the U. In these Peace Huts, women are given a space to resolve their complaints before they build into violence.
The practice has proven so effective that the huts have become celebrated for preventing violence and reducing cases brought to local police stations.
A study cited in a just-published evaluation of the ugly problem of sexual exploitation by U. peacekeepers calculates that as many as 58,000 women in Monrovia, Liberia, alone engaged in prohibited “transactional” sex with peacekeepers in return for food, clothing, money or other favors—mostly money-- over a nine-year period ending in 2012.
The country also boasts of Leymah Gbowee, another Nobel peace prize winner who led an interfaith movement of women, also known as the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, using dialogue and civil disobedience to help bring an end to the civil war.
It was seen on news reports around the world and was a best selling film in West Africa.
Now even two decades later, it is still doing the rounds in the markets of Monrovia; Johnson sipping a Budweiser as Doe’s ear is cut off became almost an image transplanted from a Shakespearean play or from mediaeval times.
But behind the wheel, the 33-year-old said, was a high-ranking presidential security official. He lashed out, she said, beating her with his hand and feet.
“I was very afraid and surprised,” Glain told Refinery29.