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On Monday 28th October 2013, The National DDR Commission handed over Reinsertion projects; a primary school and health care centre to the government of Eastern Equatoria state.
The Chairperson of the National DDR Commission, William Deng Deng, Eastern Equatoria State governor Brig. General Louis Lobong Lojore, Torit County commissioner Hon. German Ojok and Officer-in-charge, UNMISS DDR section Mustafa Tejan-Kella witnessed the handover ceremony of two Reinsertion projects, in Tirrangore Boma,Torit County, Eastern Equatoria state.
The project contributes to the security sector transformation, through provision of services such as education and health care in the community. It will significantly contribute to the security and stability, not only for the ex-combatants, but to the community at large.
Dear Friends, Partners, Supporters and Well-wishers
Warm greetings from the National DDR Commission!
It is with great pleasure that I wish to update you on the fourth National DDR Council held on Wednesday 11th September 2013, chaired for the first time by His Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the National Armed Forces. This 4th Council Meeting, comprised of the newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, unanimously reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the National DDR Programme and committed to the fundamental principle that the programme must remain owned and led by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.
They acknowledged that whereas disarmament and demobilisation was often accomplished readily within a short time, the reinsertion and reintegration components of the programme presented a longer term challenge to the country with potential negative consequences if not well addressed. In consideration of the aforementioned and the fact that ex-combatants are actually gallant liberators of this newborn nation, the Council owned up the challenge to make DDR attractive!
They pledged to ensure the successful reintegration of excombatants along with associated women and children, as well as veterans/wounded heroes. The Council also deliberated on alternative strategies that would help scale up and accelerate rightsizing the national armed forces faster than could be possible if only the National DDR Programme was in place.
Before adjourning, the 4th National Council Meeting passed the following resolutions amongst others:
I look forward to updating on the next National DDR Council meeting deliberatons and resolutions!
I thank you for your readership!
Chairperson, National DDR Comission
Secretary, National DDR Council.