Gambia's Fatou Bensouda: The New Face Of Global Justice

Photograph by Marie Cécile Thijs / Hollandse Hoogte / Redux

As a young girl growing up in Gambia in the 1970s, the future chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court watched a female relative being repeatedly beaten by her husband. The beatings happened week after week for four years. And week after week, Fatou Bensouda, who was 11 when the beatings started, would take her relative to the hospital to be treated for her injuries, and then the increasingly outraged girl would round on neighbors and family for doing nothing to protect the woman. Almost four decades later, Bensouda still remembers being told that "there was absolutely nothing my relative could...

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