Rape, abduction and sexual slavery are part of the brutal legacy of Sierra Leones decade-long civil war, which left over half the countrys population displaced and destitute. As a matter of survival, both during and after the war, women (aswellasmen) have' been forced into commercial sex, which leaves them vulnerable to HIV infection and other, potentially fatal, problems. In response, a faith-based organization supported by UNFPA is helping girls and young women affected by the war to regain their health and dignity, and is giving them the tools to generate alternative livelihoods. One key to success is responding to their needs in a holistic way. Another is involving partnersas well as the host communityin sensitization and training activities, and providing free education to their children.