It is pretty common knowledge that there are plenty of wars going on in Africa, but not many are keen to the knowledge that soldiers in Liberia have taken up the practice of cross-dressing as well. As you can see, an unidentified soldier in the photo above is wielding a dangerous assault weapon and wearing a lovely bridal gown.
At first glance, it may seem that this soldier is simply showcasing his penchant for women’s fashion. However, upon further research one finds out that this is a widely practiced activity in Liberia. The question is, why?
Well, in the soldiers’ own words, they feel that cross-dressing helps to intimidate enemies while also boosting their immunity to bullets. Because the women’s wear and accessories help them to assume dual identities, they are able to “confuse the enemy’s bullets”.
An interesting but scary vision, the cross-dressing soldier is common in this part of the world where, sadly, war is a way of life. We can only hope for a better future for these folks.
In the meanwhile, it has to be said. Isn’t she lovely?
For more on this topic, check out this article.
What do YOU think of this practice?