UPDF Rehabilitates 75 ADF Combatants, Defectors

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The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) have rehabilitated 75 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) ex-combatants (captives and defectors) from Eastern Democratic Repulbic of Congo (DRC) following a heightened Operation Shuuja.

The remarks were made by the Defence spokesperson, Brig Gen. Felix Kulayigye, through a press release on January 5, 2024.

According to Kulayigye, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), in partnership with Bridgeway Foundations, will continue to receive and rehabilitate ADF ex-combatants from the Eastern DRC following the increased activities of Operation Shuuja.

β€œThese rehabilitations were done in a phased manner, and from September to December 2023, 75 ADF ex-combatants were rehabilitated,” Kulayigye stated.

He added that the rehabilitated included 5 Ugandan male adults, 4 Ugandan female adults, 6 male juveniles, and 9 female juveniles.

Other ex-combatants included 48 Congolese, one Tanzanian, and two Burundians.

According to a Trauma after War and Conflict report, disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) programmes are part of most international peace-building efforts and post-conflict interventions in developing countries.

The report states that over a million former combatants have participated in DDR programmes in more than 20 countries, the vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

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