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Lone warriors rescue sex slaves and rape survivors in Central African Republic

By Inna Lazareva  /  Thomson Reuters Foundation, BANGUI

However, change could be on the way.

Last month, Rodrigue Ngaibona, an Anti-Balaka militia leader known as “General Andjilo,” was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of murder, theft and illegal possession of arms.

The sentence marked the first time a warlord had faced justice for crimes committed in the latest conflict.

The trial sent a powerful warning to leaders of armed groups, Fornel said.

“The very fact of having a warlord face a judge is already a good example to help others understand that their actions will have consequences,” she said.

A Special Criminal Court, established in 2015 to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Central African Republic since 2003, is also expected to start operating soon.

“We need to track these people down,” Solange said. “We want them to be condemned... If nothing is done soon, then many others will suffer like we did.”

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