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Title:Human securitised reintegration of formerly abducted children in northern Uganda
Author:Maina, GraceISNI
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:child soldiers
human security
civil wars
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2009.9627563
Abstract:At the end of every civil conflict the international community, through its agencies and other non-State actors, provides aid to war-torn countries for reconstructing their communities. This in many cases involves rebuilding infrastructure and restoring the affected communities, which usually include disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programmes. The objective of these programmes is to enable the returning ex-combatants to transform their lives from violence to a peaceful and civil community way of life. Little research has been carried out on the utility and efficacy of different reintegration initiatives and whether they have achieved the objective of granting the returning combatants, and particularly child combatants, a civilian lifestyle that is reasonably free from fear and want. The present paper focuses on the reintegration component of DDR with regard to child combatants in Uganda and analyses the process of reintegration, the gaps in the current reintegration literature and practice, the challenges of the process, and the role played by the various actors in northern Uganda that enable formerly abducted children to gain a civilian lifestyle. Notes, ref., sum. (p. IX) [ASC Leiden abstract]