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Ugandan ex-child soldier guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Landmark ICC judgment met with mixed reactions by former victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army

A former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in a landmark judgment.

Dominic Ongwen was convicted on Thursday of 61 individual charges of murder, rape, sexual slavery, abduction and torture committed as a commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a violent cult which waged a bloody campaign of violence in Uganda and neighbouring countries from the mid-1980s until a few years ago.

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