Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, is swarming with young men who were former child soldiers in Liberia’s civil war. Most of the young men are uneducated and have few job skills. Many have short attention spans, trouble saving money, and are prone to petty crime and violence. A team of American researchers and Liberian social workers are researching how, and whether, this culture can be transformed. The World’s Jason Margolis has the story.
I suppose the only clarifications and qualifications I would make are:
- We actually haven’t started the study yet (so I sure hope it gets moving soon)
- We’re not just working with former child soldiers, but trying to reach a pretty broad swathe of street youth
- I’m not American ;)
Overall, a good story. Thank goodness my Country Director sounds better on radio than me.