Ida Sawyer is a senior researcher and advocate in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has been based in Congo since January 2008, first in Goma and since 2011 in the capital Kinshasa. Sawyer has conducted research across Congo and in areas of northern Congo and neighboring countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and her research has been integral to numerous Human Rights Watch reports. Sawyer also conducts outreach with local civil society groups and high-level advocacy with Congolese officials and international actors. She came to Human Rights Watch from Cairo, where she worked as a freelance journalist. Her previous experience in Africa’s Great Lakes region includes work for Care International and the Charity for Peace Foundation in Northern Uganda, as well as research in Congo on the cross-border dynamics of natural resource exploitation. She holds a master’s in international affairs, specializing in human rights, from Columbia University.
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The Vicious Cycle of Displacement in Eastern Congo
LRA Atrocities in Northeastern Congo
Attacks on Civilians in Eastern Congo
Sexual Violence and Military Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo
LRA attacks on Civilians in Northern Congo