Liberia: Protect refugees against sexual abuse

April 21, 2011

Source: Human Rights Watch

Refugees from Côte d’Ivoire walk with their belongings through Grand Gedeh County in eastern Liberia. (Photo: Reuters)

Ivorian women and girls compelled to trade sex for food, shelter

Dozens of Ivorian refugee women and girls recently arrived in eastern Liberia say they have had to engage in sex to get adequate food, shelter, or money, Human Rights Watch said today. The Liberian government, the police, and United Nations agencies should take urgent measures to protect and assist vulnerable women and girls, including rapidly building protected shelter and helping them get sufficient and appropriate food, Human Rights Watch said.

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