the hague - The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has awarded compensation of nearly 8.5 million euros to former child soldiers who were recruited by the Congolese military ruler Thomas Lubanga.
Lubanga, who was convicted in 2012 for war crimes in Congo in 2002 and 2003, has to pay that compensation, but the court acknowledges that he will not be able to. That is why a special fund from the court will be called upon and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo will be asked for a contribution.
Aid organizations estimate that 5.4 million people died during war and misery in Congo between 1998 and 2007. Part of the compensation for 427 child soldiers who have been identified. Another part is reserved for future benefits.