Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's special envoy at the All African Conference of Churches general assembly in Maputo, Laurence Konmla Bropleh, has called on the churches in Africa to help make their leaders accountable.
A high-ranking government official from Sierra Leone has told an international churches team visiting his country and in Liberia that the world needs to get behind urgently needed peace-building efforts.
In Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Africa, churches have played a major role in reconciliation between groups who had been in violent conflict for decades. Two international ecumenical teams sent by the World Council of Churches will visit the three countries during the next two weeks.
Liberia is a country in recovery. Civil war and failed government have ravaged its people and economy for over two decades. Over 200,000 people died in the conflict, and many, especially the educated, wealthy elite, fled the country. Some have returned since 2006, when the democratically elected government was sworn in. Sponsor a child in Liberia here
A national grassroots campaign mounted by Jubilee USA, the international humanitarian agency, Church World Service (the ecumenical Christian relief network) and allied organizations is urging Americans to send Valentine's Day wishes to US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, asking him to have a heart and cancel Liberia's 3.5 billion dollar debt.
The first all-women peacekeeping unit has begun work in Liberia, joining the United Nations Peacekeeping operations. Though they are well armed, they are also developing the use of unarmed and non-violent interventions, ‚Äúchanging the balance of approach‚Äù, some experts say.