Liberian delegate Comfort M. Freeman of the Women's Initiative for Peace and head of the Lutheran Church Women's Committee told Parkins that the problem with cultivation in Liberia is that forest land has been invaded by armed men and refugees, and internally displaced people "are squeezed into small areas and can't move freely."
said that in Liberia appeals for peace over the last 12 years seemed "not to be yielding any fruitful results," and talked of massive displacement of women and children.She
said women in Liberia met under the auspices of Lutheran church women and decided to rise up, "calling on the fighting forces to stop."With thousands of people killed and millions of dollars in property and infrastructure destroyed, she
said, "Our children's future is blank.Where are we heading?"
Christian women in Liberia are pleading for "an unconditional ceasefire, dialogue, and acceptance of a neutral monitoring force."She
believes women's participation in the peace process will be key."Women bridge political and social gaps, have their finger on the pulse of communities and cultures, can move around and negotiate, and are able to find solutions at the grassroots," she
said."They have a remarkable ability," she
said, "to cross conflict lines."