Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone

TitleOperation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsFoster, Lilibet, and Binta Mansaray
Running Time46 min
Date Released2001
DistributorWitness and Oxygen Media
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

This documentary examines rape, sexual violence, and sexual slavery in the Sierra Leone Civil War and argues that such atrocities be deemed international war crimes. Survivors recount their experiences of being kidnapped, gang raped, and trained as rebel wives and fighters, often when they were sill children. Although all armies and militias perpetrated these crimes, an interview of with a Revolutionary United Front spokesman reveals that soldiers see rape as an act of war that serves to terrorize the enemy rather than a war crime.  


a Witness production in association with Oxygen Media

produced and directed by Lilibet Foster with Binta Mansaray

edited by Sandrine Isambert

cinematography by Patricia Govoni



Full Text

Estimates range from 257,000 to 500,000 women were victims of rape and sexual violence during the Sierra Leone Civil War. 

Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Type of Literature:

Time Period:


Library Location: 
Call Number: