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Using truth to confront atrocity

“Dad, why do you always talk about bad stuff?”

Bonny Ibhawoh’s 12-year-old son asked him that shortly after a news report on torture, genocide and war crimes. As he’s done with many international human rights issues, Ibhawoh had been providing commentary on these situations for media.

For Ibhawoh, the Senator William McMaster Chair in Global Human Rights, “bad stuff” is an occupational hazard of working in human rights: he’s built a career on studying societies at their very worst. As an on-the-ground human rights practitioner with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, he worked in South Africa, Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liberia, and Sierra Leone as they recovered from national conflicts.