Congo’s Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Gets 30 Years Sentence

Bosco Ntaganda

Bosco Ntaganda, whose armed groups terrorized the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on November 7, 2019, to 30 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ntaganda’s name still send chills across Congo, as he is remembered by his victims for his ruthlessness.

Deputy Africa Director Ida Sawyer documented his abuses – including massacres, sexual slavery, and using child soldiers – for many years as a Human Rights Watch researcher based in Goma.

She speaks to Audrey Wabwire about Ntaganda, and what this conviction and sentencing mean.

How long had you been investigating Ntaganda’s abuses?

I started documenting his abuses when I first moved to Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008.

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