An African war lord is accused of ordering cannibalism among 70 war crime charges.
Dominic Ongwen of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was, up until a year ago, one of the most fearsome men in Africa. LRA is notorious for its use of child soldiers and engaging in sexual war crimes such as the systematic rape of women and girls in the villages it attacks. Ongwen, 40, was kidnapped by the LRA and forced to join its ranks when he was 10 years old.
LRA has wreaked havoc throughout Africa according to Agence France-Presse. The organization was founded in Uganda but has since launched attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan, according to International Business Times.
LRA leader Joseph Kony was made famous by the California-based Invisible Children which created the viral video “Kony 2012.” Kony’s lieutenant told the court being told his charges was “a waste of time,” according to BBC News. Kony is still at large.
The preliminary International Criminal Court (ICC) hearing in The Hague, which handles heinous international war crimes, will last for five days and the prosecution and defense will briefly explain to judges why the case should or should not go forward. The judge will then have 60 days to determine if the case against Ongwen will go forward.
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