FREETOWN, Dec 1 (AFP) - More than
37,000 ex-combatants in Sierra Leone's bloody decade-old civil war have
given up their weapons since January, an official said here Saturday.
Francis Kaikai, executive officer of
the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Rehabilitation
(NCDDR), told AFP: "Between January 1 and November 30, 37,056 combatants,
including 3,911 children, have disarmed."
The UN mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)
confirmed the figure. Sierra Leone has been wracked by a civil war launched
by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel group in 1991.