Eritrea: Women at war: How roles are changing

18 February 2010

Meriem Omer was a girl soldier in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Eritrea (EPLF). She says that although she felt a sense on empowerment, as a woman at war, she knew she also faced additional risks. "We were more vulnerable than men," she says. "Boys would be tortured, but women would always be raped and tortured and ultimately killed." She added, "The experience of that conflict made me learn and grow up and believe in negotiation and peace. It's not always a solution to carry a gun and fight."

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