Reparations Granted to Victims of War Crimes in the DRC

Reparations Granted to Victims of War Crimes in the DRC

In the midst of turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding the stalled presidential elections, people can find a little bit of hope. Just last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted reparations to the victims of war crimes committed by former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. Katanga was found guilty of supplying his militia with weapons during the 2003 ethnic attack on Bogoro village in Ituri province. This is the first compensation to victims who have experienced war crimes with the amount estimated to be over $3.7 million. The reparations go to the 297 individual victims and the community to rebuild infrastructure and provide psychological support to its people. 

To learn more about this landmark ruling from the ICC, click here.

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