On March 14th, the International Criminal Court found Thomas Lubanga, a former rebel leader in the eastern Congo, guilty of using children in armed conflict - a war crime.
This is a major milestone for international justice, for the communities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and for video for change. It was the tireless work of our Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East, Bukeni Waruzi, that first brought this issue to WITNESS’ door some nine years ago.
In partnership with his organization, AJEDI-Ka, WITNESS co-produced several videos on the abuses that child soldiers experienced, including sexual violence against girls. Bukeni and WITNESS took those videos to the ICC to advocate for charges to be brought against Lubanga for his recruitment of children to fight on the frontlines.
Thank you for sharing in our success!
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm