The Memories Should Be Their Punishment: War Rape in Sierra Leone


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Broadcast: January 12, 2000

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The Memories Should Be Their Punishment: War Rape in Sierra Leone
"During Sierra Leon's long and brutal civil war, thousands of girls and young women have been raped. They were threatened with maiming or death if they did not comply. In 'The Memories Should Be Their Punishment,' some of the victims talk about their horrific experiences which often lasted for months or even years. Aid workers discuss the problems they are having in trying to help the girls and women come to terms with their ordeal. The program is part of a special CD-ROM including three other half-hour documentaries on child soldiers, trauma and human rights violations, as well as a comprehensive Web dossier on some of the events that took place during Sierra Leone's brutal 9 year civil war.
"This documentary, one of several productions from Sierra Leone, combines brave reporting in the guest for authentic voices, and high production values. It presents a shattering indictment of the horrors unleashed in that country."--2000 Peabody Awards entry form.

"Thousands of girls and young women were abducted and brutally raped during Sierra Leone's civil war. Several victims speak about their experiences and counsellors describe the efforts to help them get over their trauma."--from CD insert.

Corporate Producers/Broadcaster: Radio Netherlands
Running Time: 00:30:00
Persons Appearing: Eric Beauchemin (Reporter)
Entry materials list original broadcast of “The Memories Should Be Their Punishment” as January 1, 2000. However, Radio Netherlands Archives gives the date as January 12, 2000. "All our programs are broadcast to various parts of the world at different times."--entry form.

“The Memories Should Be Their Punishment: War Rape in Sierra Leone” was included alongside three other documentary programs and a website on the submitted two CD-set titled “Scars of Brutality." The Peabody Awards entry form only addresses "The Memories Should Be Their Punishment." The other programs included in “Scars of Brutality” are: “Innocence Lost: The Child Soldiers of Sierra Leone” (broadcast February 16, 2000); “Scarred Souls: The Emotional Toll of Sierra Leone’s Civil War” (broadcast March 8, 2000); and “Human Rights Watch's "Sierra Leone: Getting Away with Murder, Mutilation, Rape" (broadcast January 25, 2000). Both discs from "Scars of Brutality" also includes the files for a website, "Sierra Leone."

Innocence Lost: The Child Soldiers of Sierra Leone
"During Sierra Leon's long and brutal civil war, thousands of girls and young women have been raped. They were threatened with maiming or death if they did not comply. In 'The Memories Should Be Their Punishment,' some of the victims talk about their horrific experiences which often lasted for months or even years. Aid workers discuss the problems they are having in trying to help the girls and women come to terms with their ordeal. The program is part of a special CD-ROM including three other half-hour documentaries on child soldiers, trauma and human rights violations, as well as a comprehensive Web dossier on some of the events that took place during Sierra Leone's brutal 9 year civil war.
"This documentary, one of several productions from Sierra Leone, combines brave reporting in the guest for authentic voices, and high production values. It presents a shattering indictment of the horrors unleashed in that country."--2000 Peabody Awards entry form.

"Over 5,000 boys were abducted and forced to fight for the rebels or the civilian militias. They became among the cruellest combatants. They talk about their lives on the front and the trouble they are having adjusting to normality."--from CD insert.

Corporate Producers/Broadcaster: Radio Netherlands
Running Time: 00:29:48
Persons Appearing: Eric Beauchemin (Reporter)

"Innocence Lost: The Child Soldiers of Sierra Leone" was included alongside three other documentary programs and a website on the submitted two CD-set titled “Scars of Brutality." The Peabody Awards entry form only addresses entry proper: "The Memories Should Be Their Punishment." The programs included in “Scars of Brutality” (other than "Innocence Lost") are: "The Memories Should Be Their Punishment: War Rape in Sierra Leone" (broadcast January 12, 2000); “Scarred Souls: The Emotional Toll of Sierra Leone’s Civil War” (broadcast March 8, 2000); and “Human Rights Watch's "Sierra Leone: Getting Away with Murder, Mutilation, Rape" (broadcast January 25, 2000). Both discs from "Scars of Brutality" also includes the files for a website, "Sierra Leone."

Entry form only in entry folder in Hargrett Library.

Sierra Leone [website]
"During Sierra Leon's long and brutal civil war, thousands of girls and young women have been raped. They were threatened with maiming or death if they did not comply. In 'The Memories Should Be Their Punishment,' some of the victims talk about their horrific experiences which often lasted for months or even years. Aid workers discuss the problems they are having in trying to help the girls and women come to terms with their ordeal. The program is part of a special CD-ROM including three other half-hour documentaries on child soldiers, trauma and human rights violations, as well as a comprehensive Web dossier on some of the events that took place during Sierra Leone's brutal 9 year civil war.
"This documentary, one of several productions from Sierra Leone, combines brave reporting in the guest for authentic voices, and high production values. It presents a shattering indictment of the horrors unleashed in that country."--2000 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is the website "Sierra Leone," included with the entry as part of the 2-CD set "Scars of Brutality." It is submitted as numerous html and image files. The site includes the following chapters: History, January 6, Violations, Rebels, Child Soldiers, War Rape, Trauma, Amputees, Malnutrition, Women, and related Links. 

Corporate Producers/Host: Radio Netherlands

The website was included with four documentary programs ("The Memories Should Be Their Punishment," "Innocence Lost: The Child Soldiers of Sierra Leone," "Scarred Souls: The Emotional Toll of Sierra Leone’s Civil War," and Human Rights Watch's "Sierra Leone: Getting Away with Murder, Mutilation, Rape" on “Scars of Brutality."