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Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme in South Sudan

Jun 2012

The purpose of DDR: the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme in South Sudan is one of the most important tasks after the civil war: finding a job for those who fought for its freedom. FAO, one of the key agencies implementing it since 2009, saw more than 1700 ex-combatants settled on farms in communities in Lakes and Central Equatoria states.

It’s been shown from experience in other post-conflict countries, that unskilled and unpaid ex-combatants, left to their own devices, pose a threat to peace. The DDR programme is an attempt to give them the training and means to earn a living in a more productive way. In South Sudan, the task has been enormous.

The next phase will be even more challenging – aiming to rehabilitate around 150-thousand soldiers. And as conflict on the border heats up and inter-tribal clashes in the country continue, it’s crucial that ex-combatants are helped to rejoin the community.