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Lubanga Trial: Week 13 in Review – SOME CHILD SOLDIERS AS YOUNG AS NINE

2373725570_3cd0c9e687Endre Vestvik, CRN/Hope In Action – A former child soldier in DR Congo.

After weeks of being in recess, the trial resumed on May 5th.

Through documents and testimonies, the Prosecution attempted to demonstrate Lubanga was the head of the UPC and therefore knew about all of its activities.

During the week, a witness testified that neighboring Ugandanot only trained soldiers including children that would later be used in Lubanga’s army, but also added fuel to the ongoing ethnic conflicts between the Hemaand the Lendu in the DRC.

In addition, Serge Kilo Ngabu, a former social worker in a region controlled by the UPC, testified that Lubanga’s army had girl and boy child soldiers in it, some as young as nine. He also explained that some of the families of child soldiers did not want to take them back because they had been in the military.  As such, many children would return to the army.

Ngabu explained, ““Some children said, ‘I would like to go back to the military because at home I am not welcome’.”

This post was created by Kate Davey through sourcing from the reporting of Wairagala Wakabi for lubangatrial.org

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One Response

  1. Justin says:

    Thanks for this article. I’m sure this site’s readers saw this report, but the new Fine Art Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations is using art therapy to ease the trauma of child soldiers in northern Uganda. The pieces are available for viewing and sale at the UN headquarters in NYC:

    http://theamateurartcollector.com/2009/05/14/child-soldier-art/

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