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Comfort M. Freeman is a peace activist in Liberia.
She is head of the Liberian Women's Initiative for Peace, an anti-war women's group and the Lutheran Church Women's Committee.
She also was part of a delegation of church leaders who visited the United States in March 2003.
Regional leaders of nonviolent resistance include Leymah Gbowee,Comfort Freeman
, and Aya Virginie Toure.
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Mrs. Comfort Freeman, President, Women's Initiative for Peace, and head of the Lutheran Church Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Coordinator, Office of Displaced People.
Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs: Alert on Conflict in Liberia
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, discussed the crisis in Liberia with the Rev. Sumoward E. Harris, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia and President of the Liberian Council of Churches, and Comfort M. Freeman, President of the National Lutheran Church Women in Liberia, while attending the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Winnipeg, Canada, July 21-31, 2003.
...Joseph Allison (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Woodbridge, VA), Joe Lessen (Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, MD), Comfort Freeman (Lutheran Church in Liberia), Ramona Lessen (Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, MD, and Executive Assistant for Senator Bill Frist), Bishop Donald Main (Upper Susquehanna Synod, ELCA), Susanne Brown (Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD), Pr.
Immediate Ceasefire, Humanitarian Aid Crucial for Liberia
Comfort M. Freeman, President of the Liberian Women's Initiative for Peace and a member of the March 2003 church leaders' delegation visit to the United States, said the group would release a position statement this Friday, April 11.
"We the women are also planning to send a delegation to meet LURD rebels after the statement," she
, a Lutheran, added, "It is the Lutheran women who started the whole thing by bringing all Christian women together and we are still a part."
West African church leaders looking for partners in search for peace
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."