"When I Think of Ntaganda, It's the End of the World for Me"

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The arrival in The Hague of alleged Congolese war criminal, Bosco Ntaganda, has re-awakened terrifying memories for some people in the Congolese diaspora. Sylvestre Bwira is one of them. In 2010, Bwira wrote an open letter to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, demanding the removal of military officers who had committed human rights violations in the east of the country. Among the people Bwira named was General Ntaganda, a.k.a. the Terminator, who was under indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A few days after the letter was released, Bwira was picked up by armed men in military uniforms. He was held in a dungeon, where he had to sleep on human remains. Bwira was tortured and claims he was injected with toxic chemicals. He eventually escaped and later fled to the Netherlands. The Congolese human rights activist believes that Ntaganda had ordered his abduction.

Ntaganda was first indicted by the ICC in 2006 for allegedly recruiting child soldiers. In 2
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