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ICC Awards $56 Million to Survivors of LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen

HeadlineFeb 29, 2024

The International Criminal Court has awarded victims of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen more than $56 million in compensation. Although the sum is a record for the ICC, it amounts to a symbolic $812 for the more than 50,000 eligible survivors. The tribunal’s Trust Fund for Victims is expected to pay out the money. Survivors reacted to the verdict Wednesday.

Adong Winnie: “Me, personally, I am not happy that the order — it’s unfair, because if they are paying us 750, that’s around 3 million Ugandan money. That is really little money. Like, for example, for me, I was shot, my hand. I have lost my hand. I can’t do any heavy work. So, that money can’t even buy me land. It can’t even reparate what I lost in my life.”

Dominic Ongwen, once a child soldier himself, eventually became one of the LRA’s top commanders. He was sentenced in 2021 to 25 years on 60 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, murder and child abduction.

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