Slideshow - The Journey Home from War

  • Recently arrived foreign and Congolese ex-combatants from the eastern DRC at the UN's demobilization centre in Goma

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  • Mupira Baziralo, 25, fought for the Mai-Mai Kifua-Fua for seven years

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • Ibrahim Johnson, 29, a Rwandan corporal in the FDLR-FOCA, being screened. He spent nine years with the armed group in the eastern DRC

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • Former combatants being treated for ailments ranging from malaria to HIV/AIDS

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • Dependents of foreign ex-combatants are also accommodated

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  • Exchanging Congolese francs for US dollars before being repatriated

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • The kitchen facility at the UN centre

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • Part of a weapons haul collected in the past few months

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • All weapons collected are documented by type, calibre, serial number and origin of armed group – then sent for destruction

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • On arrival, ex-combatants are given civilian clothes and their military fatigues later burnt

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • Ex-combatants and their dependents depart for Rwanda; for many it is their first time home since the 1994 genocide

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • About 10km west of Ruhengeri is the Rwanda demobilization centre at Mutobo, which receives the ex-combatants from the DRC

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  • The reintegration facility has a capacity for about 600 and since 2001, more than 9,000 ex-combatants have passed through

    Guy Oliver/IRIN
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  • Playing cards in between classes at the reintegration centre

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  • Ibrahim Johnson, 29, a corporal in the FDLR-FOCA, claims a bed

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The Journey Home from War

In the past decade, nearly 15,000 foreign combatants and more than 10,000 of their dependants have been demobilized by the UN operation at its Goma facility in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; 1,435 weapons have been destroyed. Since 2001 more than 150,000 Congolese ex-combatants belonging to various armed groups in eastern DRC have also been processed at 18 sites in North and South Kivu, Oriental Province and North Katanga.
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