Justice demanded as Uganda warlord docked

Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia,

Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in warlord Joseph Kony’s feared militia

From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – VICTIMS of war crimes in Uganda are hopeful justice prevails as the International Criminal Court in The Hague hears testimony against former rebel leader Dominic Ongwen.
The ex-commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army is facing 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for attacks in northern Uganda between 2002 and 2004.
The charges include a horrific attack on Lukodi village were rebels killed at least 60 people and abducted more, looting food, goods and burning homes to the ground.
Maria Burnett, Human Rights Watch regional director, said villagers are watching closely as Ongwen’s ICC trial unfolds.
“Hopefully, they will have the chance to see their story told, and their long and patient wait will yield some closure and redress.”
Over 4 100 victims have been recognised to participate in the Ongwen case, including some in Lukodi.
The war between LRA rebels and the government of Uganda began roughly three decades ago but shifted into parts of Central African Republic, Congo and South Sudan in 2005.

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