BANGUI (LNC) – Since Monday, UN (MINUSCA) started in the CAR capital a wide-ranging operation to profile armed groups, in the aim to enrol them in a socio-professional program.
Goal at least is to identify 3,000 former combatants and rebels, for a project called «Prevention of sectarian violence », aimed at involving them in social reintegration programmes.
For Diane Corner, the UN Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy SRSG MINUSCA in Central African Republic: «This is an important project. What are we expecting with that? First of all, trying to offer another future to these elements of armed groups. We are going to form them on the very important subjects concerning the future of this country ».
STARTED AT BOY-RABE
With the reputation to be the area the most frequented by the Anti-Balaka militiamen, that was over there that the operation set up, hoping to list at least 1,500 people. Although extension is envisaged in all of the peripheral zones of the city. Meaning in the district of the PK5 too, to meet “the combatants of self-defence groups“, targeting 1,500 people as well.
Hervé Hesse from MINUSCA, acting as the Process Coordinator, speaking about the 3rd and 4th districts: «Beneficiaries, after recording and socioprofessional profiling, will be grouped under professional pillar, all together and mixed.»
Actually, there is a very positive echo from rebel groups side, If we believe the satisfaction of Judicaël Ez Moganazoum, the Secretary-General for the Coordination of the Anti-Balaka groups: « That will make the difference, because our elements will be trained for income-generating activities. Séléka et Anti-balaka, together during these formations. This is a big contribution towards social cohesion».
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April 2016 LAMINE MEDIA