Former combatants in South Sudan graduate for reintegration as civilians

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The first batch of ex-combatants attending the Pilot DDR program at the Mapel Purpose built Training Center in Western Bahr el Ghazal graduated on 16 September 2013

As South Sudan continues efforts to reform its security sector, the first batch of former combatants recently graduated after vocational training in Western Bahar el Ghazal State.

The Pilot Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme started in 2012, with close to 300 ex-combatants from four surrounding states.

They were trained for more than three months in animal husbandry, carpentry, electrical science, farming and gardening, plumbing, masonry, motor mechanics and welding.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the top United Nations envoy in South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, attended the graduation ceremony.

Dianne Penn has the story.

Duration: 3'08"

Source:  UNifeed

 

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