Dressed in a grey suit, wearing a pink shirt and a blue tie, Dominic Ongwen, a former Ugandan rebel commander on Tuesday appeared before the judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the northern part of the country.
Thousands of miles away, back here in Uganda where he allegedly committed the crimes, his victims were glued to live screens as the trial was telecast live. The victims were finally seeing their tormentor starting to face justice.
Ongwen was one of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel commanders who were indicted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The LRA have been blamed for the killing of tens of thousands of people and making over two million others homeless and living in squalid internally displaced persons camps.
The outfit until 2006 when the war ended in Uganda was accused of willful killings, murder of innocent civilians, sexual enslavement, rape, abductions, mutilations, maiming and burning villages.
Ongwen is facing 70 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.