Liberia experienced conflict between 1989 and 1997 and again between 1999 and 2003. Estimates of women and girls associated with the fighting forces were in the range of 30-40 per cent of all fighting forces or approximately 25,000-30,000 of all the fighting forces. The consequences of the violence and human rights abuses perpetrated against women and girls during the conflict are devastating. Many continue to suffer both physically and mentally from the harsh and inhumane treatment they endured during the war. In September 2007 Amnesty International researchers visited the capital Monrovia and three districts in Lofa County including Voinjama, Kolahun, and Foya to speak to women and girls associated with the fighting forces and some of whom had participated in formal DDRR.