The Terminator: Bosco Ntaganda

Photo Credit: Lionel Healing/AFP/Getty Images[1]

By: Garrett Redfield

Bosco Ntaganda is a General in the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was “born in 1973 [and] grew up in Rwanda.” When he turned 17, he became a soldier, fighting “in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

He was also a wanted criminal, having committed heinous acts, including being responsible for the massacre of 150 individuals. Fortunately, he is now under custody at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Aside from being accused of having committed war crimes and “crimes against humanity in northeastern Congo in 2002 and 2003 [he is also charged with] recruiting and using child soldiers, murder, rape and sexual slavery, and persecution.”

So why did it take so long for him to be put on trial despite being wanted since 2006? Analysts believe the reason he finally turned himself in is because “he may have felt that his life would be safer in an ICC detention cell than in an increasingly hostile Rwanda.”

Please be sure to watch this short video that includes testimony from those who suffered at the hands of this man here.

Also, to read more about who he is, you can find it here.

 

Garrett Redfield is a Master of International Affairs Candidate at the School of International Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. As an adopted Korean American, he has a strong interest in Korean Peninsula affairs, and focuses on Korean Reunification. Garrett has lived in Korea for an extensive amount of time, mainly as a former ESL instructor. He is proficient in Korean.


[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/09/africa-rwanda.

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