Over 100 former al-Shabaab combatants graduate from Baidoa Rehabilitation Center

June 23, 2019 Off By Web Desk

Some 126 former Al-Shabaab combatants on Friday graduated from the Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre in Somalia’s South West State after completing an intensive rehabilitation program.

The program graduates, comprising youths from various parts of the country, received vocational training and psychological support from the Center. They thanked the program managers, saying they were ready to join their fellow citizens in contributing positively towards Somalia’s stabilization process.

Present at the ceremony were officials from the South West administration, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), as well as representatives of various UN agencies.

The training and reintegration of former combatants is an integral part of the National Program for the Treatment and Handling of Disengaged Combatants in Somalia, led by the Office of the Defectors Rehabilitation Program, under the Federal Ministry of Internal Security.

The program contributes to the long-term stabilization of Somalia by promoting defections of Al-Shabaab combatants and reintegration of disengaged combatants into their communities.

UNSOM, IOM, the German government and other development partners have supported the establishment of similar rehabilitation and transition centers in Mogadishu, Belet Weyne and Kismayo. These centers offer vocational training and psychological counseling to prepare former combatants for their reintegration into local communities.

Source: International Islamic News Agency