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“Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used As a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone” looks at the widespread and strategic use of rape and sexual violence against women – many of them young girls and teenagers – during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone, the world’s poorest country. “Operation Fine Girl” was produced by and for the Oxygen network's Worth The Risk series, in partnership with WITNESS, who put together Binta Mansaray, their local partner in Sierra Leone, and Academy Award-nominated director Lilibet Foster to make the documentary. “Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used As a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone,” aired on Oxygen TV on Sunday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. and was excerpted at www.witness.org.

“Operation Fine Girl, ” a specific and targeted operation carried out by the rebels to find and abduct pretty girls and especially virgins, the younger the better – tells the personal stories of four Sierra Leoneans – a young mother, a teacher, a teenage prostitute, and a boy child soldier – who were each targeted, abducted and held against their will by rebels fighting to control the diamond trade and take over the government. The youngest of the girls recounts the story of how she was abducted from her home, gang raped and used as a sex slave when she was only eight years old, and the young man reveals how he was abducted, forced to become a soldier, and fed drugs that made him “feel like doing bad things,” including killing. Since the start of the Sierra Leone’s civil war in 1991, women have been abducted by rebels in massive numbers to perform domestic chores, become “rebel wives” and sex slaves, and to be trained as fighters. Rape and sexual violence against women is a tactic that the rebels use to undermine the values and integrity of the society and terrorize the civilian population. The filmmakers also traveled to the headquarters of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) to get the first interview in which the RUF spokesman Colonel Gibril Massakhoi addresses questions about the treatment of women by his troops – his initial chilling denial of their actions, and then his contradictory defense. His perspective and attitude towards rape brings home one of the key dilemmas that leads to the continued use of rape in war – for the rebels, rape is considered an expected byproduct of war – not a crime against humanity. The documentary also reveals the perspective of some local groups and international experts that the most effective way to change this attitude globally is to recognize and prosecute rape in a post-war special court. Read more...

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Operation Fine Girl : Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone. [Krio version]

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This is the Krio language version of OPERATION FINE GIRL : RAPE USED AS A WEAPON OF WAR IN SIERRA LEONE. This video was titled, produced and directed for WITNESS and Oxygen by Academy Award nominee Lilibet Foster with WITNESS partner, Binta Mansaray. It documents the brutal use of rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone. The story is told through the eyes the survivors - women and girls, as well as the child soldiers and perpetrators. It will support the efforts of our partners in Sierra Leone to increase the funding to provide psycho-social support and health care to the estimated 500,000 survivors of rape in the country.

 
Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone. [English version] Excerpts

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OPERATION FINE GIRL: RAPE USED AS A WEAPON OF WAR IN SIERRA LEONE produced and directed for WITNESS and the Oxygen Network by academy award nominee Lilibet Foster. The film looks at the Sierra Leone civil conflict through the stories of four survivors: three women who survived abduction, rape and enslavement by rebel forces, and one young boy, abducted and forced to become a killer himself. The film originally aired on the Oxygen Network, and was intended to support efforts partners in Sierra Leone to increase the funding to provide psycho-social support and health care to the estimated 500,000 survivors of rape in the country. [RT 45:32]

 
Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone. [English version] Full version

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OPERATION FINE GIRL: RAPE USED AS A WEAPON OF WAR IN SIERRA LEONE produced and directed for WITNESS and the Oxygen Network by academy award nominee Lilibet Foster. The film looks at the Sierra Leone civil conflict through the stories of four survivors: three women who survived abduction, rape and enslavement by rebel forces, and one young boy, abducted and forced to become a killer himself. The film originally aired on the Oxygen Network, and was intended to support efforts partners in Sierra Leone to increase the funding to provide psycho-social support and health care to the estimated 500,000 survivors of rape in the country. [RT 45:32]

 
[Aminata at sewing school]

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This tape contains only footage of Aminata at sewing school, her teacher and some of the rest of her fellow students.

 
[Barbara b-roll - IDPs in boats / soldiers]

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Continuation of footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village that is home to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

 
[Barbara b-roll - Woman washes / woman prepares fish / girl walks with wood on head / builders on roof with palm branches]

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Continuation of a trip to Barbara, a village which is home to many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

 
[Barbara b-roll - Women collect wood / fishing village / boats on wharf / boy fishes from boat / man paddles up and unloads wood / woman cleans rice / men fix nets]

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Footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village which is home to many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

 
[Barbara b-roll - shots on Lungi Peninsula]

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Continuation of footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village that is home to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

 
[British soldiers training Sierra Leonean Army, part 1 of 2]

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This tape contains footage of the Sierra Leonean Army (SLA) being trained by British soldiers.

 
[British soldiers training Sierra Leonean Army, part 2 of 2 / Dr. Mike Kamara office b-roll, part 1 of 2]

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The video shows Sierra Leone's national army doing field exercises and being trained by British soldiers; the army learns more tactics and methods on how to combat and move about open fields with safety. Continuation of interview with Guy Richardson. Dr. Mike Kamara (OBGYN, Cottage Hospital) in his office with three young female patients visiting for some test and checkups.

 
[Candidate campaigning / SLADEA meeting in Kissy, part 1 of 3]

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Footage of a candidate campaigning to a crowd, and of a meeting hosted by Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) at Low Cost Housing in Kissy encouraging people to vote. Charlie Hughes of Forum for Democratic Initiatives (FORDI) spoke at the event.

 
[Congo Bridge / Women farming / People walking]

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B-roll shot around the area of the Congo Bridge and the busy street that passes through it.

 
[Dr. Mike Kamara interview, part 1 of 3]

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Interview with Dr. Mike Kamara, OBGYN at Cottage Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Kamara speaks of his experience treating victims of rape, sexual violence and gender-based atrocities, AIDS and HIV, malaria, trauma, and more, from both a medical and societal perspective.

 
[End of interview with Corinne Dufka, part 2 of 2 / Soccer game - Sierra Leone vs. Ghana, part 1 of 2]

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Interview with Corinne Dufka (Researcher, Human Rights Watch) discussing topics such as rape and violence against women in the context of war crimes in Sierra Leone. Additional footage from a soccer match between Sierra Leone and Ghana.

 
[FAWE Girls Athletic Program, Part 1 of 2]

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Organized by FAWE (Forum for African Women's Education) Athletic program for Girls, this video shows big groups of girls involved in many activities, including relay races as well as musical chairs. The girls get a chance to participate in various games, compete with other girl groups and be given a certificate in the end: a program that is designed to encourage their human spirit, above all. WITNESS partner Binta Mansaray is present to help promote these activities. Binta in time also gives a brief speech about the celebration of the human spirit and her pride to be there, amongst the audience and the FAWE program participants.

 
[FAWE classrooms]

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This tape begins with a few more shots of men hammering and working (shaky cam), and it continues on with footage from a FAWE school, during class hours (many nicely shot scenes). FORUM FOR AFRICAN WOMEN EDUCATIONALISTS (FAWE) is an organization which works to further the education of girls and women.

 
[Freetown b-roll - palm grove scenes, "Hana" and child]

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B-roll footage of Freetown and palm groves, including b-roll of "Hana" and her child.

 
[Freetown b-roll - state buildings, signs, street scenes]

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B-roll of people and cars on a city street. Pan up to many bats roosting in a tree. CU sign that reads "AIDS Can Get You Totally Wasted." CU sign that reads "YES. Your Partners for Peace and Future Development." Various shots of an institutional building with scaffolding in front, located on a busy street. CU signs for "The Door, Christian Fellowship Church," "Siaka Stevens Street," "Commercial Bank," and "State House." Sign on scaffolding of building indicates "Project: Renovation of Law Courts Building." CU sign for "Chambers of the Chief Justice and the Judiciary of the Rep. of Sierra Leone."

 
[Freetown b-roll - street scenes, signs]

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B-roll of Freetown street with cars and people walking. CU of signs that read "Sierra Leoneans Love One Another as God Loves You," "Youth for Enlightened Society. YES," "Peace At Last. Let's Maintain It. NCOOR." ELS Man climbing scaffolding outside the Law Courts building. CU sign that reads "Welcome to Sierra Leone. If You Cannot Help Us, Please Do Not Corrupt Us."

 
[Helicopter from Guinea / Independence Day parade Freetown, part 1 of 2]

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Footage shot out airplane window, and later on out of a helicopter from Guinea to Sierra Leone, shot by the production team.