Leymah Gbowee “Mighty Be Our Powers”
September 19th, 2011
When civil war broke out in Liberia in 1990, many assumed it would be over quickly. But as Charles Taylor’s rebels kept going, and ultimately Taylor assumed power, the conflict grew.
Leymah Gbowee had just graduated from high school in Monrovia when the fighting started. Her plans for a higher education were destroyed by the war, but more alarming to her was how many families were being destroyed. Including hers. Ultimately Gbowee’s bitterness became rage, which became a determination to act. She organized Liberia’s women – Christian and Muslim alike – to force an end to the civil war. Now in her memoir “Mighty Be Their Powers,” Gbowee tells the story of the peace campaign, and her role in it.
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