Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 13:30
Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
Han van Dijk interviews activist Clément Abaïfouta and director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun about the film and Chad.
Anthropologist and senior researcher Han van Dijk is attached to the African Studies Centre in Leiden and he has an important expertise on Chad. After the screening Han will talk with Clément Abaïfouta and director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun about the importance of giving the victims of Hissein Habré’s reign of terror in Chad a voice. The testimonies also serve as evidence against the dictator. Hissein Habré is given a life sentence on 30 May 2016 for genocide, torture and other crimes against humanity. It makes him the first African leader who is convicted of war crimes committed in his own country.
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.