Author: Deborah Lindholm (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted on October 19, 2018 on the Foundation for Women website
On October 11, 2018, ProPublica and TIME Magazine published a report about the sexual assault and rape of girls in the care of an NGO based in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. Since then I have been present with the news – no sharing on social media, a few conversations with trusted colleagues and FFW board members, sitting with the heart-breaking reality that an American NGO founded by a woman could have allowed this to happen to desperately poor and innocent girls striving to create a better future for themselves in this country. I have heard from many of you in the US, questioning how it could have happened and wondering if I’ll stay in Liberia and continue my work in a place I have called home for 12 years.
I personally must respond. I have no idea where the trust broke down between this NGO, their board of directors, or most importantly the trust that was so egregiously breached by the organization at the expense of the girls they were supposed to be serving. The consequences of this ongoing abuse have devastated the people of Liberia. This organization was entrusted with the lives of these exceptional girls. To have so severely and unforgivably violated that confidence will have untold ripple effects for years to come, for these girls, their families, and communities throughout Liberia.
Click here to view Deborah’s full post on the Foundation for Women website.