A functioning Special Criminal Court will not resolve all of the country’s deep-seated problems. But holding abusers to account can help people regain faith in state institution and heal communal relations.

Conversely, the failure to hold killers accountable makes them feel free to kill again. And with every attack on a village, with every civilian killed, donor money for peace and security – including more than 500 million euros from the European Union since 2013 and over 1.8 billion euros for the UN peacekeeping mission – carries significantly less weight.