Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 13:45
Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
Harm Ede Botje talks to activist Clément Abaïfouta and NIOD researcher Thijs Bouwknegt.
Journalist Harm Ede Botje is specialized in international collaboration. After the screening Harm will interview Clément Abaïfouta and Thijs Bouwknegt researcher at NIOD and Lecturer in Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Thijs is specialised in African Affairs, War Crimes Trials, Transitional Justice and Mass Violence. His main research focus is on legal and historical truth finding and fact-ascertainment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Harm, Thijs and Clément will discuss the importance of giving the victims of Hissein Habré’s reign of terror in Chad a voice, and the meaning of the life sentence of Hissein Habré for his victims.
Hissein Habré’s reign of terror in Chad, which lasted from 1982 to 1990, has made many victims. Clément Abaïfouta is one of them: for four years he was forced to bury the dead in a torture prison. His revenge takes on a special form: he set up an organisation to give victims a voice, and to reconcile victims and offenders. Read more about Clément and watch a short clip about him.