Corruption diverts resources from the poor to the rich, leads to a culture of bribes, and distorts public expenditures, deterring foreign investors and hampering economic growth. But, in some ways, corruption is only a symptom.
The ripple effects of impunity for those who commit or oversee atrocities should not be underestimated. Long after guns go silent, warlords have little trouble finding ways to continue profiteering at the expense of the population.
In the end, the traumatic two-day journey as they fled for their lives proved too much for 90-year-old Solia Bah. She ran barefoot with 10 members of her family as armed men attacked the city of Bloléquin in western Ivory Coast.