Liberia demands report retraction

Anita Pati

The Liberian government has demanded the withdrawal of a report by Save the Children that alleged up to 80 per cent of schoolgirls in the capital Monrovia are funding their education by selling sex.

In its report Sixty Million Girls, published earlier this month, the charity said that discrimination, conflict and lack of schooling were depriving millions of girls around the world of choice and opportunity.

Liberia gave Save the Children seven days to retract its report, but did not say what action it would take if it refused. The charity is now in talks with the Liberian authorities.

In a statement, the charity said: "Save the Children acknowledges the concerns of the National Transitional Government of Liberia regarding its global report on the education of girls.

"We are in discussions with (the Liberian government) to respond to these concerns and regret any misunderstanding regarding the nature or intentions of the report."

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