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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Launches Peace Campaign In Liberia

Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee speaks out on peace, women, and leadership -  CSMonitor.com

Liberia’s Nobel Peace Prize winner and peace activist, Leymah Roberta Gbowee, will on Monday launch a campaign against election-related violence.

Liberia is scheduled to hold mid-term senatorial elections in December.

The campaign will involve hundreds of young people who will be peace ambassadors, Ms Gbowee told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

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“These young people will take the peace message into the streets, into communities, into churches where they will sit their colleagues and talk about the impact that having violence or getting involved with violence will have on their futures,” she said.

Ms Gbowee urged young people not to get paid by rival politicians to propagate violence.

“We definitely need to move away from the infamous $20 (£16), because the $20 has led a lot for our young people who were supposed to be doctors, lawyers, scientists – today they walk in the streets of Monrovia and different parts of Liberia with one leg amputated or one arm amputated. That is what we want to remind these young people,” she said.

The campaign will also encourage voters to ask questions to those seeking elective positions.

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