Liberian women groups hold 14 days fast and prayer for peace in Cote d’Ivoire
Posted by African Press International on February 9, 2011
By Terence Sesay
Monrovia (Liberia)-Liberian women groups are holding 14 days of fast and prayer for peace in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. The Mano River Women Peace Network (MARWOPNET) in collaboration with the Angie Brooks International Centre, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia and the Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET) as well as other grassroots women groups Tuesday started the fast and prayer with a church service in the capital Monrovia.
According to the women, they will fast from 6 a.m to 12 noon everyday as a “sign of solidarity with their sisters in Cote d’Ivoire and their children who are left to suffer the most during such situations “, noting that the Ivorian crisis also poses a threat to the Mano River Union Basin. The Mano River Union groups together Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.
According to the women, the organized prayer service is to seek God’ intervention through fasting and praying thereby avoiding violence or military intervention as an option to the internal conflict in that country.
“Let us not wait for the war to come to us as we allowed it to happen with the Lofa War… We also want to show to the Ivorians that we sympathize with them for what is happening to their country,” said the National Coordinator for WANEP/WIPNET, Lindora Howard-Diawara Tuesday following a church service to mark the start of the fast and prayer.
Cote d’Ivoire has remained in a political stalemate since disputed election results in November last year.