From PBS Independent Lens - One Girl's Long Road to School and Safety in Sierra Leone: Agnes Libbi Smith lost her father during the civil war in Sierra Leone and her mother when she was 13 years old. Finding herself homeless, Agnes was physically abused and raped by a teacher who promised her an education. Finally breaking free and seeking help at the Rainbo Center with Amie Kandeh and the International Rescue Committee, Agnes hopes to become a doctor and help others.
Leontina and Ester during their first week of school in more than four years. Until recently the girls were among an estimated 7.6 million Congolese children who do not attend school. They are now making up for lost time in an accelerated learning program run by the International Rescue Committee.
September 28, 2012 - In West Africa and around the world, silence too often hides the violence that many girls and women suffer. The International Rescue Committee respects the decisions of the individuals we assist—standing together and supporting women and girls who wish to break the silence and speak out about their experiences, and safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of those who do not.
After years of war, Mary Abraham returned to her village only to find it destroyed. As a member of an IRC-organized farmers group she has been able to grow food for herself and sell vegetables in the market.