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Disarmament and reintegration of child soldiers on in W. Equatoria

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October 15, 2017 (JUBA) - Talks on the disarmament and reintegration of ex-opposition fighters, including child soldiers, back into their communities in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region are ongoing.

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The disarmament and reintegration process in Western Equatoria (UNMISS photo)

Thousands of soldiers who previously fought for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and the South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM) have surrendered and slow steps are being taken to help them move back to their communities and develop the skills needed to find jobs to support themselves and their families.

Last week, representatives from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission reportedly travelled to the area to assess the progress being made in disarming and reintegrating the ex-combatants.

The visit, a South Sudanese officials said, follows a peace deal signed last year between the state government and the former fighters. The focus of the trip was to verify the demobilization of children from the armed ranks.

“We came to Yambio to see for ourselves the signed peace between the government and the SSNLM in Western Equatoria and to look specifically at the issue of the children associated with the two armed groups,” said the Commission’s acting chairperson, Claude Akasha.

“We are talking to the children, trying to mobilize them and tell them that the most important thing in their life is to be out of the army, to be with their families, in order for them to grow up in a normal family environment and get training for their future,” he added.

The Chief of the UNMISS Child Protection Unit, Alfred Orono, pledged the Mission’s support for reintegrating the children into their communities and helping them return to school or access training.

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  • 16 October 09:33, by Isaac

    Again as STUPID as usual. Equatorians are the most STUPID, FOOLISH & HOPELESS p’ple in African history who forgive and forget all the horrible things done to them. Imagine, after CPA, their local Government disarmed almost 98% of its potential youth who later-on could,t defend their mothers, wives, sisters, & G.mothers from the ruthless Mathiang Anyoor militia plus intruding armed cattle keeper

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  • 16 October 10:30, by Isaac

    Equatorians must note that currently, until other-wise, south Sudan does not apply the rule of law to all the 64 tribes evenly but are calculated to favor only a few. Thus, any voluntary submission to disarmament should only be after genuinely confirming that all the 64 tribes civilians are completely disarmed. That-way, all communities will be safe unlike today where disarmed ones are targeted.

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    • 16 October 11:26, by South South

      Isaac,

      Azande people have spoken, they want peace in their state, they want development instead of destruction. We all need to thank them. As for our government in Juba, we need to continue to work together and make every tribe in South Sudan feel accepted in South Sudan. It can be done. No need for fighting.

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    • 17 October 03:21, by Eyez

      Isaac
      You seem to be an arrogant, dumb and illiterate, because, your comment is irrational, shallow and baseless. How dare you say Equatorians are stupid, huh? These people in W. Equatoria do not represent all of Equatoria, first of all, and secondly, I want to ask a simple question; Does Taban Deng represent all Nuer?

      Don’t you know that Equatoria is the one keeping this war alive, you idiot!

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      • 17 October 03:38, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        This is totally unacceptable, recruiting young siblings into army’s force, teaching, training, brains washing these kids instead of focusing and investing in education, I doubt if some of these folks who recruit these siblings got their own children 🚸 in these training, this is totally an an abomination chame in you for using others people ’s kids for your political gain

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      • 17 October 09:07, by Isaac

        Eyez,
        I can carry that your cross on me. However, kindly revisit my comments and analyse every concept on them carefully and thereafter, judge me again if I am really an IDIOT as you put it.

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