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Title Life on the edge. The dilemma of the white ant / produced and directed by Caroline Pare
Published Brighton, England : Espresso TV, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (27 minutes)
Summary In northern Uganda, Esther Acan's husband and five year old child were hacked to death by LRA rebels and then she was forced to bash her baby's brains out on a tree trunk. She wants justice - and at least the one who commanded the rebels to b punished. But the rest of the village who suffered similar atrocities say revenge will not solve their problems. It is better, they say, to forgive the perpetrators and let them come in from the bush in order to gain peace. But Esther still wants justice and she has high level support. The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Dominic Ongwen, the commander of the rebels who killed her husband and baby. He is to be tried for crimes against humanity. But he was also a victim of a crime -- himself abducted by the LRA at the age of 10 and forced to fight for them. Traditional justice has always allowed murderers to return to the community having compensated, shown remorse and appeased the spirits. Ugandan law accepted this concept through the Amnesty Act, and many LRA rebels are now back in the community having paid no price for the 20 years of killings, abductions and mass displacement of the population. But Ongwen will have to go to The Hague -- so he is not coming out of the wilderness. It leaves a dilemma for justice - but also for Esther. Despite wanting to testify and bring the perpetrators to account, she is scared-- The war is not over, Ongwen and the others are still out there, and she fears terrible retribution if she is seen with the ICC
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed October 9, 2015)
In English
Subject Ongwen, Dominic, 1975-
Lord's Resistance Army.
War criminals -- Uganda -- Biography.
War victims -- Uganda -- Biography.
Uganda -- History -- 1979-
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Pare, Caroline, producer, director
Television Trust for the Environment, production company