Gambia Reels As It Watches Hit Men Confess To Murder — And Then Walk Free


Publish Date:
August 23, 2019
The Washington Post
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She had wondered for years how her son died. Then the confession came on YouTube.

“Chopped into pieces,” said a former hit man, who told a makeshift courtroom that he was obeying orders from the ex-president.

Similar endeavors in the past failed to reach villagers outside of cities, who often lacked electricity, said Jamie O’Connell, co-founder of the International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone, a nonprofit that assisted the West African nation with its early-2000s probe into war crimes.

“That may be accelerating the community dialogue around these things,” said O’Connell, who lectures about transitional justice at Stanford University. “It can also amplify and sharpen emotions.”

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