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Liberia: 14-Yr-Old Girl Bleeds To Death After Being Raped In Gbarpolu County

A fourteen-year-old girl in Gbarpolu County has died as a result of being raped by a 30-year-old man and the lack of a medical facility to attend to the excessive bleeding.She was raped last Wednesday in Kolah Village.

However, her mother discovered that her daughter was bleeding excessively, two days later – Christmas eve.

FPA gathered that the victim, shortly before her demise, identified the alleged rapist as Saah Sumo, 30. The victim reportedly told police that the suspect had threatened to kill her if she ever called his name as the rapist. However, the suspect told police investigators in the county it was rather the victim’s step father who is only identified as Prince who carried out the heinous act.

The step father is yet to be invited by the police for questioning.

“This little girl died because Liberia has refused to prioritize the health and safety of our girls and women. The President has declared rape as a national emergency and allocated millions of dollars in the National Budget but counties like Gbarpolu still lack a common safe home or hospital to treat victims of sexual abuse. The ambulance service is slow, we are old enough to do better. The police presence for women and children in Gbarpolu county is very poor and inadequate. This is unacceptable!!! This country needs to do better.”Satta Sheriff, Executive Director, Action for Justice and Human Rights

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Chiamaka Judith Alum
Author: Chiamaka Judith Alum

Good Governance and Human Right Advocate, Content Editor and Data Analyst

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