U.N. Envoy Draws on Her Past in Sierra Leone to Help Abused Women


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As the secretary general’s special envoy for sexual violence in conflict, Ms. Bangura documents abuses against women — the wars within the wars for power and riches. Then she goads the men who lead those wars to do something about it.

The daughter of an imam from Sierra Leone and a onetime refugee from war herself, Ms. Bangura, 55, is certainly no stranger to stories of despair and survival.

But the ones she heard on a recent visit to the Middle East tested even her limits.

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