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Ex-fighters begin reintegration in Sudan

ED DAMAZIN, Sudan, March 26 (UPI) -- A process to reintegrate more than 180,000 former Sudanese militants back into civil society is now under way, the United Nations said Thursday.

The ex-fighters are taking part in a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration program backed by the U.N. operation in Sudan.

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Officials said the program provides former militants, once involved in the 22-year civil war in Somalia, with technical and material assistance to support the transition back into civilian life, the United Nations reported.

While a violent insurgency continues between rebels and the Sudanese government in the western Darfur region of Sudan, the United Nations is supporting the process of helping more than 180,000 ex-fighters reintegrate into society. Officials said the process is starting in the central-eastern city of Ed Damazin, Sudan.

"Reintegration is the last and most crucial phase of the multimillion-dollar ... process known as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration called for by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement," according to a news release.

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