Reforming Africa’s security forces
UN / Marie Frechon
For armies and police that protect citizens, not abuse them.
In Africa’s new democracies, reformers are seeking to create armies that protect civilians and uphold human rights.
“Liberia is building a new army and we are very strict regarding its standards,” says Lieutenant Eric Dennis, who teaches international humanitarian law to recruits. In a country where previous armies — government and rebel alike — committed widespread atrocities, he hopes to help build a new institution that “will never tarnish the image of our army and our country. We want an army of professional soldiers.”