Demobilized Ex-combatants in South Darfur to Return to Civilian Life
Some 800 former combatants will soon be reintegrated into civilian life following the conclusion of a two-week demobilization exercise in Nyala, South Darfur, which began on 26 February 2018.
The exercise was jointly organized by the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC); UNAMID’s Governance & Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The former fighters come from the Sudanese Armed Forces and several rebel movements and all participants underwent a security screening, medical examination, psychological assessment, reintegration briefing and subsequently they will receive SDG 1500 each from UNAMID as a reinsertion allowance.
According to Amani Hawit, GCSS Officer, during the demobilization process, UNAMID provided logistical and technical support, while WFP distributed food rations and UNDP will facilitate the reintegration exercise, including support through income-generating projects.
Speaking to the press last Sunday at the National Service Camp in Nyala, Sabeel Ahmed Sabeel, Deputy Wali of South Darfur, said, “We are grateful for the tremendous efforts that have been exerted by the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission and its partners in organizing this camp to demobilize former fighters and reintegrate them into society.”
For his part, Id Musse, Officer in Charge, South Darfur office, thanked the organizers for supporting the demobilization process, noting that the initiative would help ex-combatants have a better future.