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Title:Reintegrating Ex-Fighters in Post-Conflict Eritrea: Problems and Prospects
Author:Mehreteab, AmanuelISNI
Periodical:Eritrean Studies Review (ISSN 1086-9174)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
Military, Defense and Arms
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
military personnel
Development programmes
economic integration
government policy
Abstract:Following a general background on the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life in sub-Saharan Africa (for context, as well as to show the experiences of similarly situated countries), the author describes postconflict Eritrea (in order to provide an overview of the socioeconomic situation under which reintegration is conducted) and the process of demobilization and reintegration of ex-fighters (including a review of the goals, conceptual framework, institutional setup, and implementation). He discusses the challenges associated with reintegration and concludes with policy implications. The author, himself an ex-fighter and one-time head of the Reintegration Programmes of ex-fighters in Eritrea, uses data from a questionnaire survey of 238 former fighters with the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front (EPLF) and 38 in-depth interviews with a sample of successfully reintegrated ex-fighters conducted between February and April 1997. Ten case studies based on the interviews are included in an appendix. Bibliogr.