According to Ayena, the camps became soft targets for LRA rebels who were looking for livelihood and weapons. After forcing people from their villages into concentrated camps were the LRA previously derived food and other necessity, the only gateway to such livelihood including food became attacking the military rings around the camps, Ayena said.
Krispus Ayena Odongo, Dominic Ongwens lead counsel, who told the court that Ongwen became brutal after he was indoctrinated to believe that killing was the only strategy to stay or remain alive while in the LRA ranks.
Ongwens diagnosis came after several failed attempts by lawyers to convince The Hague based Court that the traumatic experiences from the LRA-led war in Northern Uganda make Dominic Ongwen mentally unfit to stand trial for War crimes and Crimes against humanity.
Ongwen, indicted for the most number of war crimes and crimes against humanity is facing up to 70 charges at The Hague based International court. The charges relate to attacks on civilians who had sought government protections in Lukodi, Pajule, Abok and Odek internally displaced persons camps in Northern Uganda between 1st July 2002 and 31st December 2005.