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Congo child soldiers awarded $10M compensation in landmark ruling

Congo child soldiers awarded $10M compensation in landmark ruling
From CBC - December 15, 2017

International war crimesjudges awarded $10 million USin compensation on Friday to childsoldiers recruited by convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubangathe largest reparation of it kind.

The International Criminal Court said Lubanga was liable topay the full amount to his young victims and their relatives, but added it recognized there was no way he would be able toafford it.

It said part of the payment would be made by a courttrust fund for victimsandthe fund should ask for contributionsfrom the government of Congo.

Lubanga was convicted in 2012 of committing war crimesfor recruiting and using children in his Union of Congolese Patriots militia, sending them to kill and be killed during fighting in Congo's eastern Ituri region in 2002-2003.

Aid agencies estimated that 5.4 million people died as aresult of war and ensuing hardship inCongo between 1998 and 2007 more than in any other conflictsince the Second World War.

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