War Don Don

About This Episode


The war is over, a trial begins. In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard the “special court,” a heavily fortified building. Awaiting trial is Issa Hassan Sesay. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. Defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to the country. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, Rebecca Richman Cohen's War Don Don puts international justice on trial for the world to see - finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, but also opaque.