By: Monique John
In the past, U.N. troops helped move cars on the road during the rainy season. But now, as the new school year approaches, she wonders how some girls will reach their classes in bad weather if troops are not around. As part of the U.N. Mission in Liberia, or UNMIL, troops helped people traverse patches of the road that were otherwise unnavigable.
And she worries about the safety of girls who walk to school. “Security issues will be very hard—especially for the girls,” says Scott, who works for the education nonprofit IBIS Liberia and spoke recently by Skype. “Some of the girls that go to school in the rural areas walk for like 30 minutes to get to where the school is. If they get violated on the road, there’s no security for them when UNMIL is not around.”
SOURCES: News Nows/ We.News Online