It Takes a Village: How an Entire Community Left Liberia’s Girls Unprotected

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3 Responses

  1. Reesee says:

    Great job! This perspective was all encompassiing and responsible!

  2. Elixir says:

    This is very analytical…Well written, too. It takes an entire village to raise a child.
    And it seems like a lot of things keep exposing our weaknesses: Ebola, missing container of money, now MTM, what’s next?
    I’d like to criticize the government’s effort in providing valuable healthcare service for Macintosh… I’m not God, but I think it would have helped in keeping him alive to undergo the punishment he deserved. And of course he would have been a perfect example for other pedophiles like himself. Death is way too good a punishment for the hurt he has caused… for the dent he has left in souls of the girls and every Liberian.
    In addition to your recommendations, I think we need to focus on sex education (at home and at school). Not just the “when do females get pregnant and how to prevent STIs” part of it, but also how to speak up…who to speak to. For everybody, not just kids. Had the nurse known how to go about it, she wouldn’t have waited for 3,600 hours to pass by. That was a lot of hours to molest additional kids.
    Most people don’t even know they are being molested/harassed.
    Like where do we draw the line? How do we protect our own interest, because this polyannish faith in our government is taking us nowhere. How do we know when a person has overstepped their boundaries and is venturing into our personal space? When do we throwup the stop sign, show up our middle finger and walk away…believing in our own self-worth. The war didn’t just tear down roofs, it tore down our pride, our self-confidence, and more. So we’d rather now play safe and ignore the right thing.
    Instead of teaching only English and Math which our kids are only applying on paper, the Ministry of Education needs to get off Social Media and actually do their jobs (For crying out loud, it’s not a sinecure. WE the citizens pay them for this) to update the curriculum to include practical subjects like Sex Education or better still call it “How the hell to say No and mean it”. And to the parents, your child is never too young to bathe outside in the open…and your child is way too young to be somebody’s wife or husband. Some people are serious about what they say. No gender or age is immune to abuse, so this is not just about females, it’s also about males. Protect our children, because men’s rights are also human rights.

  3. Elixir says:

    This is very analytical…Well written too. It takes an entire village to raise a child.
    Seems like a lot of things keep exposing our weaknesses: Ebola, missing container of money, now MTM, what’s next?
    I’d like to criticize the government’s effort in providing valuable healthcare service for Macintosh. . I’m not God, but I think it would have helped in keeping him alive to undergo the punishment he deserved. And of course he would have been a perfect example for other pedophhiles like him. Death is way too good a punishment for the hurt he has caused… for the dent he has left in souls of the girls and every Liberian.
    In addition to your recommendations, I think we need to focus on sex education, not just the “when do females get pregnant and how to prevent STIs” part, but also how to speak up…who to speak to. For everybody, not just kids. Had the nurse known how to go about it, she wouldn’t have waited for 3,600 hours to pass by. That was a lot of hours to molest additional kids.
    Most people don’t even know they are being molested/harassed.
    Like where do we draw the line? How do we protect our own interest, because this polyannish faith in our government is taking us nowhere. How do we know when a person has overstepped their boundaries and is venturing into our personal space? When do we throwup the stop sign, show up our middle finger and walk away…believing in our own self-worth. The war didn’t just tear down roofs, it tore down our pride, our self-confidence, and more. So we rather now play safe and ignore the right thing.
    So instead of teaching only English and Math which our kids are only applying on paper, the Ministry of Education needs to get off Social Media and actually do their jobs (For crying out loud, it’s not a sinecure. WE the citizens are paying them) to update the curriculum to include practical subjects like Sex Education or better still call it “How the hell to say No and mean it”. And to the parents, your child is never young enough to bathe outside in the open…and your child is way too young to be somebody’s wife or husband. Some people are serious about what they say. No gender or age is immune to abuse, so this is not just about females, it’s also about males. Protect our children, because Men’s rights are alsohuman rights.

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