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Ex-Combatants Get Business Tool-Kits

Gurtong Trust - By James Deng Dimo

South Sudan National Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (NDDRC) in Western Bahr el Ghazal state has began distributing business tool-kits to 92 ex-combatants who graduated in Mapel town two months ago.

The kits include agricultural tools, carpentry and building materials.

“The World Bank is in cooperation with DDRC will help South Sudan in making a successful DDRC program in the Country.” said Alexanda Burrall, the World Bank Transitional Demobilization Reintegration Program operations officer...

“The reintegration ex-combatants through this program are a critical piece of the Country’s focus in the sustainable livelihood,” she said.

Speaking to the press conference, the state coordinator William Tong said the kits are very important since they will enable the ex-combatants to start up their local business.

South Sudan: New Primary School and Health Facility Built in E. Equatoria

Torit — A primary school and health facility in the Eastern Equatoria state has been handed over to the government in the Tirrangore area of Torit county as part of a project by the United Nations and South Sudan's disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration commission to help former soldiers.

William Deng Deng, the chairperson of the national DDR commission highlighted the importance of the reinsertion project saying the DDR programme in South Sudan is not only about disarmament and demobilization, its contributes to the security sector transformation through provision of services such as education and health care in the community.

South Sudan graduates Ex-Combatants in Mapel

18 September 2013 – Two hundred and ninety ex-combatants attended a graduation ceremony today at the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Training Center in Mapel,Western Bahr El-Ghazal State after completing intensive three-month vocational training courses.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit headed a government delegation that included cabinet ministers, Western Bahr El-Ghazal state governor Riziq Zakaria Hassan, senior SPLA officers and members of the National DDR Commission.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan Hilde F. Johnson also attended the ceremony, which marked the conclusion of the first pilot phase to be held under the auspices of the new DDR programme in South Sudan.

“Today is a remarkable day in our new nation,” said President Kiir. “It is the liberators who have been
disarmed, demobilized and trained. ”

The ex-combatants were drawn from Lakes, Warrap, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal and Western Bahr El-Ghazal states and included 18 women. They received training in a variety of fields designed to ease their transition to civilian life, and the course subjects ranged from electricity, auto mechanics and English literacy to plumbing, construction and agriculture.

“I can now build a house of different apartments,” said Elizabeth Emilio Ufo, a female ex-combatant who completed the construction skills course and eventually wants to form an association of builders.

SRSG Johnson hailed the successful completion of the pilot phase and formally handed over to government officials a number of facilities built by local communities with assistance from UNMISS. These include an administration office for the Mapel payam, a police station, a catering center and seven wells with potable water.

“DDR is essential for the future of South Sudan," said Ms. Johnson. "What makes a DDR succeed? Only
when the key stakeholders are the drivers of the process.” The SRSG reaffirmed mission’s commitment to continue its support for the DDR programme.

In the coming months, similar DDR vocational skills programmes are scheduled to get underway for
ex-combatants living in states belonging to the greater Upper Nile and Equatoria regions of South Sudan. President Kiir pledged to support each of these programmes with a donation of $1.5 million US dollars.

Unity state: 20 demobilised children re-unite with parents

Sudan Tribune - 25th July 2013

By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

July 22, 2013 (BENTIU) – At least 20, demobilized under the country’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program were on Tuesday re-united with their parents. Most of these children reportedly found comfort in military barracks after fleeing their homes where their parents may have failed to provide them with the basic necessities. George Gatloi Koang, South Sudan DDR coordinator in the state told Sudan Tribune they handed over the children, majority below 16, to their parents.

He said the children, successfully demobilized from the army barracks last week, will soon be given food and livestock ratios for a month, with support from DDR partners.

“When we get out the children from the army, we have some agencies that contribute [toward] assisting the children,” said Koang, citing the Belgium-based VSF and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) as commission’s main partners.

The DDR official, however, said insufficient numbers of vehicles and poor road accessibility remain a major setback in efforts to demobilize children within the military.

South Sudan transforms DDR program to make it attractive to ex-combatants

Sudan Tribune - 11th February 2013

11, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government has embarked on transforming the reintegration program into civil society of ex-combatants into sustainable income-generating developmental projects which will cater for their livelihoods outside the military life.

The current parades of the South Sudan army and police have many ineffective personnel who are severe on operational capacity of the force and resources. Many are aged, disable and illiterate....(..)

Addis Ababa conference on DDR for South Sudan calls for new approach

Sudan Tribune - September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012 (JUBA) – A coordination conference on the program of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) for South Sudan held on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has called for new approach in the program which targets 150,000 from the organized forces.
Hosted by the African Union, the conference deliberated on new ideas to tackle the DDR program in South Sudan.

The focus was on how to do more than the classical DDR by transforming the ex-combatants into productive force which will contribute to the development of the nation....(..)

South Sudan plans to transform ex-combatants into productive work brigades

Sudan Tribune -14th September 2012

September 14, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s leadership has generated plans to establish work brigades from the ex-combatants that will be affected by the country’s disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) program.

Up to 150,000, mostly from the elderly, children and the wounded are destined for disarmament and demobilization as the country’s army wants to transform itself from a guerrilla army to a modern force which is focused on quality rather than quantity.

The size of the army in South Sudan has never been officially announced but is expected to be in the hundreds of thousands.

During the launching of the 3rd command council of the SPLA this week, the country’s vice-president, Riek Machar, told the top army generals that it was time to transform the army, urging them to provide a strategy and time-frame within which to achieve the transformation....(..)

Ex - Combatants Reintergrated into the Community

Gurtong - 26th July 2012

TORIT, 26 July 2012 Speaking to Gurtong Lily Ayaa one of the women trained on catering said she is now able to use the knowledge she acquired to prepare bread and biscuits for sale.

“I want to thank SSDDR for the skills they have given us”, she said.

SSDDR in Eastern Equatoria has trained and many ex-combatants on various courses and skills....(..)

IOM celebrates DDR Day in Western Bahr el Ghazal State

The Citizen - 21st June 2012

By Press Release

IOM celebrates DDR Day in Western Bahr el Ghazal State; IOM begins construction of a training centre for ex-combatants in Mapel, in the State. On 15 June 2012, ex-combatants attended an event to celebrate the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Program for South Sudan in Mapel Village, a specifically designated demobilization site in Western Bahr el Ghazal State. The festive event was organized to mark the drawing to a close of the first phase of the DDR program, and to allow ex-combatants the opportunity to reflect on the process and to ask questions regarding how to improve their profit margins, expand their businesses, and work against established competition in local markets....(..)

DDR holds sensitization workshop in NBeG

Miraya - 14th June 2012

By Muna Tesfai

The South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration(DDR) Commission organized a one-day workshop in Aweil,Northern Bahr el Ghazal State on Wednesday, to sensitize key stakeholders on contents of the new DDR program.The workshop aimed at informing the key stake holders on theprogram implementation as well as their roles and responsibilities.

The workshop was attended by state officials, local authorities, representatives from the UNMission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)...(..)

DDR, Aims to Strengthen Public Information System

The Citizen - 19th March 2012

By Ater Garang Ariath

DDR Public Information representatives across South Sudan launched a two day workshop in Western Bahr ElGhazal, Wau last Thursday with the aim of strengthening the dissemination of DDR Programs with effectiveness toinfluence the masses and develop a positive attitude toward program success. Addressing the opening of the workshop,the Acting Chairperson of DDRC Majur Mayor Machar welcomed the initiatives and pointed that the commission woulddevelop the capacity of its public information to ensure successful communication of right information to South Sudan excombatants...(..)

DDR Urges Ex-combatants in Wau to Receive Packages

The Citizen - 7th March 2012

By Ater Garang Ariath

WAU – Western Bahr El Ghazal State branch office of South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission has announced to all ex-combatants in the state who have been demobilized and have not yet received kits and training to avail to the Commission in order to receive those packages.
This was stated yesterday in Wau by the Director of DDRC of Western Bahr El Ghazal State Romano Opio who directed all ex-combatants in the state to complete all the remaining processes with the Commission.
According to Opio the government of South Sudan and of the state are working hard to underscore basic packages intended to assist all the ex-combatants in the reintegration process, pointing that the commission is the government lead agent to do that with concerned partners...(..)

Torit Demobilisation Facility to receive upgrading

Reliefweb - 16th February 2012

By UNMISS

In assisting ex-combatants to re-enter civilian life, UNMISS will be funding the rehabilitation of a demobilization facility in the Eastern Equatoria State capital of Torit, mission officials said today during a one-day visit to the area.

About $100,000 would be made available to upgrade the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) facility’s infrastructure, according to UNMISS Senior DDR Officer Khaled Moustefa.

Winnie Babihuga, UNMISS State Coordinator for Eastern Equatoria, said the state government planned to develop the current DDR transitional facility into a technical university in future and had requested the UN and other agencies to renovate it....(..)

DDR training facility launched in Mapel

Reliefweb - 7th February 2012

By UNMISS

To give South Sudanese ex-soldiers a boost in returning to civilian life, UNMISS and the government’s disarmament commission launched the construction of a training facility in Mapel, Western Bahr El-Ghazal State, today.

To be built on a 1.2-kilometre-square piece of land donated by the state government, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Transitional Facility will train former combatants in livelihood skills and offer opportunities to enter the job market.

“This facility is very crucial for our people, who sacrificed their lives for this country,” said Acting South Sudan DDR Commissioner Major Machar Mayor, adding that it would accelerate socio-economic development for both ex-combatants and the local community...(..)

Unity State former child soldiers given goats

Sudan Tribune - 24th January 2012

By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

January 24, 2012 (BENTIU) – Child soldiers demobilised last year in Unity State by the South Sudan Disarmament Demobilisation Reintegration programme (SSDDR) have been given goats by Veterinaires Sans Frontieres (VSF) on Monday.

Of the 130 demobilised children, 70 were members of the rebel forces of Peter Gatdet in Mapel County of Lake State and other 60 were disarmed from the South Sudanese army, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) 4th division in Unity State.(...)

150,000 combatants to be demobilized in eight years

The New Nation - 17th January 2012

By Oscas Gama

Up to 150,000 members of the armed and organized forces will be demobilized by the South Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) over the next eight years.

The forces to be demobilized are 80,000 Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers and 70,000 from the organized forces comprising of the police, prison, fire fighters and the wild game rangers.

The program is scheduled to begin as a pilot in April with a target of 4,500 in the first year.

“This trial phase is starting in April this year in three transition facilities for 3,000 SPLA and 1,500 organized forces,”  SSDDRC said in a report.

South Sudan: UNMISS, SPLA to Hold Child Protection Workshop

The Citizen - 22 November 2011

By Ater Garang Ariath

Juba — United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in collaboration with Sudan People's Liberation Army SPLA plan to hold a three day workshop on child protection which will take place on Wednesday the 23rd of November in Quality Hotel Juba.This workshop on the development of UNMISS/SPLA Action Plan is to release all children associated with the SPLA in order to enhance harmonious society and to ensure that all children in the armed forces are returned to the society for purpose of reintegration according to a statement made to the Citizen paper.

As Peace Negotiations Waver, South Sudan Demobilizes Child Soldiers

SoS Children Canada - 18th November 2011

18/11/2011 - Sudan and South Sudan have been slated to continue negotiations related to oil revenues, while more than 50 soldiers from South Sudan have been freed. The two old foes fought a 21-year civil war, in which the use of child soldiers was common.

The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) reported that 53 children serving with the South Sudanese armed forces have been released.

UN Mission presses for all child soldiers to be released

UN News Center - 17th November 2011

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan today called on the country’s military to ensure that all child soldiers within its ranks are released after more than 50 teenage soldiers were let go earlier this week. Fifty-three soldiers aged between 13 and 17 were released on Tuesday in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state, according to the peacekeeping mission (UNMISS).

South Sudan  launches national disarmament campaign

Sudan Tribune - 29th September 2011

By Ngor Arol Garang

South Sudan launched an official national Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration strategic plan on Wednesday, days after the cabinet passed a resolution allowing the removal of 150,000 combatants from the new country’s rebel group turned national army the SPLA.

Speaking at a press conference, William Deng Deng, chairperson of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration commission in the newly born state of South Sudan said 80,000 soldiers would be removed from the army and 70,000 moved into the police, prison, wildlife, fire brigade and other security organs.

South Sudan plans to disarm 150,000 soldiers from security forces

Sudan Tribune - 24th September 2011

By Ngor Arol Garang

The government of the Republic of South Sudan on Friday unveiled plan targeting 150,000 soldiers to be removed from the active military and police services.

UN regional coordinator for South Sudan, David Gressly, estimated in June 2011 that the SPLA had between 150,000 and 200,000 soldiers, and that "probably more" than half should be demobilized after secession....(...)

DDR Programme Plays Vital Role in Socio-economic Development of South Sudan

The Pioneer - Issue 16 Vol 002

The new Nation of South Sudan does not only need a flag, a national anthem, or an emblem, it also needs set priorities for socio-economic development. In this context, goals should be, amongst others, an increased gross domestic product (GDP), enhanced social inclusion, increased regional competiveness and to improve literacy, personal safety as well as the level of participation in civil society.....(..)

Over 400 Ex-Soldiers Graduate in Eastern Equatoria State

The Citizen - 3rd August 2011

TORIT — In Eastern Equatoria State 448 former combatants have been awarded with their graduation certificates under DDR programme. The participants completed training in various sectors including carpentry, small business management, food processing, tailoring, agriculture, driving and construction among others.  The training was organised by the German International Cooperation Services (GIZ IS), contracted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)....(..)

South Sudan new DDR policy ready for cabinet endorsement

Radio Miraya - 27th July 2011

South Sudan's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)Commission said on Tuesday, that the new DDR policy complete andready for submission to the Council of Ministers for endorsement. Amember in the Commission, Ambrose Kambaya, told Radio Miraya onTuesday that the new policy will empower ministries to implement theDDR program..(..)

Juba Bustling Ahead of South Sudan Independence

VOA News - 4th July 2011

South Sudan is set to become the world’s newest country on July 9, with Juba as its capital. Until relatively recently, Juba was a small outpost, but it is now one of Africa’s fastest-growing towns...(..)

After years of war, state grapples with delicate task of demobilising soldiers

Daily Nation - 2nd July 2011

Southern Sudan is facing a major challenge of disarming more than 150,000 soldiers and easing them back to civilian life when it gains independence this week.

Southern Sudan Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission chairman William Deng Deng said the new state wants to get rid of excess forces including the elderly, disabled and children..(..)

People of Southern Sudan Face Bleak Future with Optimism

VOA News - 1 July 2011

"We come from the bush with no human resources to build a new country, and therefore, we start from zero," said William Deng Deng, chair of the government's Southern Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission.  "This is a serious challenge because we have to do many things at the same time. First of all, we have to set up the apparatus of the states: the security; the police; the military; and all that, and we have to also set up the diplomatic relationship with the world. We also have to set up the administration that was never there."

S Sudan grappling with disarmament challenge

Daily Nation - 28th June 2011

By Lucas Barasa

Southern Sudan is facing a major challenge of disarming more than 150,000 soldiers and easing them back to civilian life when it becomes independent next week.

Southern Sudan Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission chairman William Deng Deng said the country wants to get rid of excess forces including the elderly, disabled and children...(..)

Human Resources Key to Southern Sudan's Success

VOA News - 24 June 2011

William Deng Deng is chairperson of Southern Sudan's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission.  As a youngster, he fled the chaos of the civil war, ultimately settling in Toronto, Canada, where he earned two university degrees.

Now he is back in the capital Juba, in charge of retraining and reintegrating former civil war combatants.

Lack Of Resources Jeorpadizing the DDR Program In South Sudan

Sudan Radio Service

24 June 2011—(Nairobi) —The United Nations says that the demobilization and reintegration of the army is facing challenges because of lack of alternative livelihood opportunities for the demobilized soldiers.

The UN regional coordinator for Southern Sudan, Mister David Gressley spoke to SRS in Nairobi on Thursday...(..)

South Sudan to demobilise 150 thousand soldiers

Sudan catholic radio network. - 14th June 2011

South Sudan is launching a new demobilisation policy aimed at reintegrating into civilian life some 150 thousand SPLA soldiers.

William Deng Deng, who chairs the South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Commission, told SCR News that the new policy will run for the next six to eight years demobilising at least 30 thousand active soldiers every year...(..)

Demobilization Commission Reviews Policy For South Sudan

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 10th June 2011 [©Gurtong]-The Southern Sudan Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration Commission, SSDDRC has moved to strategize a new plan for the new Republic of South Sudan, ROSS.

This development came to revelation on Tuesday this week following a one day consultative meeting held at the Home and Away Business Center in Juba...(..)

South Sudan: High Optimism over Demobilization and Disarmament Policy

News from Africa - 9th June 2011

By Eunice Kilonzo

Juba---Four weeks before its independence, South Sudan leaders remain optimistic that the new policy paper, which was drafted to guide the next phase of the Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) programme looks set to meet required mandates.

The new policy outline, currently being discussed in Juba at a consultative meeting, was reportedly developed by a technical committee that comprised of 10 senior officials from South Sudan Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) and South Sudan’s Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA)..(..)

South Sudan optimistic over demobilization and disarmament policy

Sudan Tribune - 8 June 2011

(JUBA) — Four weeks before its independence, South Sudan leaders remain optimistic that the new policy paper, which was drafted to guide the next phase of the Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) program looks set to meet required mandates.

The new policy outline, currently being discussed in Juba at a consultative meeting, was reportedly developed by a technical committee that comprised of 10 senior officials from South Sudan Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) and South Sudan’s Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA)..(..)

Ex-combatants training on food processing

Sudan Catholic Radio Network

Saturday, 21 May 2011 Nineteen ex-combatant women yesterday completed the first stage of a hotel management course in Torit.

The former soldiers started their training on food processing in February, Emmanuel Radio reported.

On Monday, they will start a course on business management...(..)

DDR Reviews Its Operations In Southern Sudan

EDC - Sudan Radio Service

13 May 2011— (Juba) –The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration commission is reviewing its operations and mandate to conform to the new demands for the soon to be Republic of South Sudan.

Speaking to SRS on Friday, the Director General of operations at the DDR commission, Obwaha Claude Akasha said that the commission is coming up with new objectives for Southern Sudanese...(..)

New begginnings for former combatants

UNDP - South Sudan update

The bullet wound on his left elbow tells the story of the life Luca Matwitch has led. Serving on the frontlines of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) for 21 years, he was injured in battle but survived and now looks forward to a life of peace.
Mr. Matwitch has recently been demobilized from the army and is currently attending reintegration training at the Don Bosco Centre in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal State, as part of Southern Sudan’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme.

IOM targets nearly 10,000 ex-combatants in S. Sudan

Sudan Tribune - 13 April 2011

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has stepped up its efforts to ensure thatover 10,000 ex-combatants are re-integrated in three selected states of South Sudan prior to the country's July independence.

The process, which involves offering re-integration packages to these former combatants, is being undertaken in collaboration with the southern government, local non-governmental organizations, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), civil society andcommunity-based entities...(..)

DDR Commission prepares new policy framework for South Sudan

Sudan Tribune - 27 march 2011
By Julius N. Uma

The Southern Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) has embarked on preparing the new policy guidelines meant for the second phase of the program, its chairperson said Friday.

According to William Deng Deng, the new policy outline is being developed by a technical committee 10 senior officers drawn from both SSDDRC and South Sudan’s army (SPLA)...(..)

DDR Commission prepares new policy framework for South Sudan

Sudan.net - 26 March 2011

(ST)March 26, 2011 (JUBA) – The Southern Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) has embarked on preparing the new policy guidelines meant for the second phase of the program, its chairperson said.

According to William Deng Deng, the new policy outline is being developed by a technical committee 10 senior officers drawn from both SSDDRC and South Sudan’s army (SPLA)...(..)

Demobilisation Commission prepares new policies for independent South Sudan

Sudan Catholic Radio Network - 25th March 2011

A technical committee has started work to reorganize policies and programmes for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Commission in the Republic of South Sudan.

DDR chairman William Deng Deng told journalists today in Juba that his commission stared the reformulation of programme policies for South Sudan to be presented to the Council of Ministers for approval before July 9...(..)

DDR denies threats to UN, asks audit report

The Citizen Newspaper - 1 Jan 2011
By Mary Ajith

Chairperson of the South Sudan DDR Commission Mr.William Deng Deng yesterday in his office said that, He did not threaten UNDP but only asked it to release the auditory report on finances, refuting early reports on some media...(..)

A tale of two successful ex-combatants

The Citizen Newspaper - 1 Jan 2011 
By Poni Allen

Yugusuk Silver never thought he would would be able to fend his family. His only perceived source of livelihood, the Gun had been taken away from him. He had been demobilized from the SPLA as part of the DDR programme and now was supposed to join the society as a civillian...(..)

Peace Hovers in Sudan, but Most Soldiers Stay Armed

New York Times - 30 Dec 2010
By Josh Kron

JUBA, Sudan — Nearly six years ago, northern and southern Sudan signed a peace agreement after decades of civil war, hoping to finally bring the suffering to an end. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers had fought one another, some growing up on the battlefield. In the south, millions of people lost their lives, villages disappearing beneath plumes of smoke...(..)

Sudan threatens UN over auditory report on DDR funds

Sudan Tribune - 29 Dec 2010
By ST

(KHARTOUM) Sudan has demanded the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) to provide it with a detailed auditory reporton the finances of a program designed to rehabilitate former war soldiers, as news of money abuse by UN officials working for the program surfaced in foreign media. Nearly half a century of intermittent civil war between the predominantly Muslim north Sudan and the south, where most people follow Christianity and traditional beliefs, ended in 2005 with the signing of a peace deal known as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)...(..)

DE: Wo Ex-Soldaten auf ihre Reintegration warten - Where ex-soldiers wait for their reintegration

Zeit Online - 28 Dec 2010
By Andrea Böhm

South Sudan will decide in January on its independence on January 9th. If all goes quietly as planned, and the forecasts of the experts are fulfilled, the overwhelming majority will decide for a separate state. It is a historic event not only for Sudan but for all Africa: For the first time the borders drawn by the colonial masters - in this case the British - would be shifted. But the long civil war against the north has left countless combatants...(..)

Thank you for the money - UN is lining its pockets in Southern Sudan
DE: Danke für das Geld
taz.de - 22 Dec 2010
By Simone Schlindwein

More than one hundred million U.S. dollars with international donors to finance the demobilization in southern Sudan. But most of the money is the pockets of the people stuck in the UN.

JUBA taz — Bored Akol Alessio sitting in the classroom at the training center in Southern Sudan capital of Juba. The 70-year-old has for months every day to school and hold for three. The teacher gave him time and again prayed down the alphabet, numbers 1 to 8 p.m. repeatedly - things that the old man from childhood, knew of. He sighs: "This training will help me no further bit."..(..)

On the road to a new beggining

Citizen Newspaper - 21 Dec 2010
By Poni Allen

New skills could go a long way to empower people and Juac Lueth Apac, a DDR participant is determined not to let go that benefit.He joined SPLA on 1st April 1986 and was put in the intifada(uprising) battalion where they fought many battles in many places...(..)

"Keep your voting Cards safe"

JUBA POST - 21 Dec 2010
By Poni Allen

The Director of Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration in Western Bahr el Ghazal Mr Romano Opio Kuot urged Ex-combatants to take care of their referendum registration cards.Romano said that during the opening ceremony of the ex-combatants training center at Don Bosco ground in Wau...(..)

Referendum outcome will not affect Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration program in South Sudan: Vice President Machar

Sudan Tribune - 18 Nov 2010
By Julius N. Uma

Implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) program in Sudan will continue regardless of the outcome of next year’s referendum on southern independence, according to Riek Machar Teny, the region’s Vice President. The second most powerful politician in the south made the remarks while officially opening a two-day DDR review conference held in Juba, the Southern capital...(..)

Weekly Media Monitor

7 Nov 2010
Headlines:
  • DDR operations begin in Khartoum
  • We will ask UN to protect southerners in the North – SPLM official
  • SPLM Arman fears Rwanda-like violence
  • SPLA arrests three SAF soldiers in Boru Almadina
Former Soldiers Struggle to Move On
Earthnews.org - 31 Oct 10
By Matt Richmond/Deutsche Press-Agentur

On a quiet afternoon less than three months before a referendum on independence for south Sudan, Morris Nyaiji Ruben sits under a tree outside a school for ex-combatants in Juba, radiating the peace that has been a long time coming. During the 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan, Ruben ran education programmes in southern-controlled areas. These days, he's teaching former soldiers, most of them between 40 and 65 years old, how to read, write and do simple arithmetic...(..)

Over 70 Women Graduate in Food Processing
Juba Post - 21 Oct 2010
By Poni Allen

Women Self Help Development Organization (WSHDO) arranged a six week training course to women associated with armed forces (WAAF) and community members. The training was funded by Pact Sudan in collaboration with GTZ and UNDP...(..)

UNDP Rolls Out Civilian Trainings for Ex-Combatants in Eastern Equatoria
Juba Post - 29 Sep 2010
By Poni Allen

The United Nations Development Programme conducted a ten day Civilian Training Package (CTP) training for ex-combatants and women associated with armed forces in Eastern Equatoria state as part of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) program...(..)

SSDDRC Unveils Head Office
UNMIS News - 31 Aug 2010

Acquiring a main operating base, the Southern Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) inaugurated its head office today in Juba. Attending the inauguration ceremony was Vice-President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) Riek Machar Teny, who hailed the opening of the commission’s office...(..)

Over 20 Ex-Combatants Graduate in Wau
Sudan Tribune - 12 Aug 10

The Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) commission in Western Bahr el Ghazal State on Tuesday announced that 22 ex-combatants had graduated from a one month training business and management course. The training was run by the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM)...(..)

About 3,500 Demobilized WAAF to Benefit from Community Projects
Gurtong - 26 Jul 10

A range of new Community-Based DDR Reintegration projects in Central Equatoria are expected to reach an estimated 3,500 beneficiaries of demobilized Women Associated with Armed Forces (WAAF), female ex-combatants, as well as non military members of their respective receiving communities...(..)