The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi has today begun her visit to victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels benefiting from Trust Fund’s assistance projects in Northern Uganda.
Ms Fernandez arrived in the country on February 23 at the invitation of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), an independent body associated with the ICC.
She is accompanied by the board members and the Director of the TFV.
The TFV provides assistance to victims and their families in ICC situation countries through programmes of psychological rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation and material support.
Ms Fernandez first visited Awach Sub-county headquarters in Gulu District this morning where she is interacting with over 100 war victims from the districts of Omoro, Amuru and Nwoya benefiting from TFV project.
In the four districts, ICC funded Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globolization [GWED-G], an NGO supporting a total of 1,427 LRA war victims.
Ms Fernandez will later visit Lukodi village in Bungatira Sub-county where 54 rrsidents were massacred allegedly under the command of former LRA rebel commander Dominic Ongwen in May 2004.
Mr Ongwen is currently at ICC Detention centrE in The Netherlands facing 70 counts of charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in northern Uganda.
An estimated 44,368 (26,264 Females and 18,104 males) have benefited under TFV. Of those figures, 35,460 victims were in the DRC and 8,908 in Uganda.