Make forced marriage a crime against humanity

By Donald Steinberg – Christian Science Monitor – Monday 9 June, 2008

The UN must protect conflict zone ‘bush wives.’

New York – Nearly a decade after Angola emerged from a civil war that killed half a million people, one image from my work there continues to haunt me: that of young women huddled in the shadows in rebel demobilization camps.

They all told the same story. They believed in the rebel movement, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and its leader, Jonas Savimbi, and ran off to join the rebels. While there, they fell in love with a UNITA freedom fighter, got married, and had a child. Now, they had no interest in returning to their villages and families. . .

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