Migration of ex-combatants in Uganda

28 December 2011 | ResolutionPossible

28 December 2011

A new study is available from  the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP), an initiative to support the return of ex-combatants to civilian life in the African Great Lakes region running from 2009-2013.

The report states that in Uganda, an estimated 1 in 5 ex-combatants has migrated from his community of origin since returning to civilian life. The DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintergration) strategy deployed in Uganda did not account for migration of ex-combatants, nor did it look at possible impacts on migration, the study reports. This missed opportunity was at times an impediment to the long-term success of the DDR  effort. While many Ugandans migrate due to economic, land and marital factors, migration of ex-combatants appears to also be driven by factors unique to their ex-combatant status and directly linked to their association and time spent with rebel groups.

The full report can be downloaded on the TDRP website:  http://www.tdrp.net/en/studies.html

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