Child Soldier Relief


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A primer on DDR for child soldiers

…we’ve posted many articles and facts on disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation (DDR) for child soldiers on this blog, but not enough can be said about the importance of proper treatment programs for former child soldiers to ensure a productive life and a return to mainstream society.  

Long term and follow-up treatment is essential for DDR to work:

  • From Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers: “Demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) programs specifically aimed at child soldiers have been established in many countries, both during and after armed conflict and have assisted former child soldiers to acquire new skills and return to their communities. However, the programs lack funds and adequate resources. Sustained long-term investment is needed if they are to be effective.”  
  • From Jesuit Refugee Service: “[Programs need to] establish long term follow up to accompany children after they leave the centre. It would certainly make sense to visit more regularly those children who have reintegrated into their communities, and especially to assist those who have started their own revenue-generating activities. This aspect is completely neglected by the operational framework when in fact it is the measure of the success of the undertaking. Follow up of this kind requires substantial financial means, due to the cost of travelling in a region without roads and where infrastructure has been destroyed by years of conflict. Nonetheless the expense, although considerable, is justifiable and should definitely be funded to ensure real efficiency in the reintegration aspect of the DDR programme.”
  • From the United Nations DDR Center: “Reintegration is the process by which ex-combatants acquire civilian status and gain sustainable employment and income. Reintegration is essentially a social and economic process with an open time-frame, primarily taking place in communities at the local level. It is part of the general development of a country and a national responsibility, and often necessitates long-term external assistance.”
  • More postings on this topic: 

  • DDR – Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs need long term support and funding
  • Back to the topic of reintegration; stigmatization faced by former child soldiers
  • Key concerns with DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration) programs
  • “Are reintegration programs still needed years after a war is over?”
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