Liberian women protest for dead husbands' benefits

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Associated Press

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 12:05 PM

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Dozens of women who claim their husbands were killed in Liberia's 14 years of conflict have staged a protest demanding the payment of their late husbands' benefits.

The women, who sat Thursday at the building that houses members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, were representative of between 4,000 to 5,000 others calling for government attention.

Tewah Kesselly, a 41-year-old mother of eight children, says her husband took an oath to die for Liberia, and she needed his benefits to send their children to school.

A court in Monrovia had to throw out the widows' cases because they did not have death certificates to verify their claims. The women argue that obtaining death certificates for soldiers killed in combat is almost impossible in developing countries like Liberia.

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