One thousand ex-combatants to lay down arms in West Darfur

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Today marked the launch of a UNAMID-supported disarmament programme in El Geneina, West Darfur, through which more than 1,000 former fighters in the Darfur conflict will surrender their weapons and begin the process of reintegration into civilian life.

The ex-combatants are former members of government armed forces and several rebel movements. The ten-day exercise is organised by the National Sudanese Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Coordination Council, with logistical support from UNAMID and other local partners.

Throughout the programme, UNAMID will also be providing medical examinations and HIV/AIDS counselling to the participants. After registering and handing over their arms, the participants will receive material support and occupational training with which they may earn a living.