By the time the peace agreement was finally signed in 2003 Liberia had been torn apart by many years of conflicts. The losses in lives and social structures are not possible to count or measure. The wounds were deep and trust lost.
The Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) is running some health facilities. The Phebe hospital is a very important institution in the part of the country where it is situated. During the war the pressure on the hospital and its staff was extreme. A request for support came from LCL. The staff of the hospital was stretched to its limits.
Dr Margareta Sidenvall was asked by Church of Sweden if she could make herself available to support the hospital, specifically focusing on the gynecological and obstetrical ward. Dr Sidenvall accepted and put a lot of commitment into the missions she did at Phebe hospital.
In addition to the medical tasks, she was asked to try to get an overview of the health condition of women as a lot of reports were pointing at more or less systematic sexual violence on women.
This became one of the more important parts of her work.
A number of years have passed, but the material is important as documentation and possibly use in other contexts.
International Programme Director
Church of Sweden