Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
AFTCS/TDRP Team Visits Ex-combatant Project Site in Burundi
March 20th, 2014
AFTCS/TDRP Team Visits Ex-combatant Project Site in Burundi

As part of a support mission to the Republic of Burundi’s Commission Nationale charge de la Démobilisation, de la Réinsertion et de la Réintégration des ex-combattants (CNDDR), a team from AFTCS/TDRP has held meetings with CNDDR in Bujumbura this week. Today the AFTCS/TDRP team visited a CNDDR project site in Burundi’s Cibitoke Province along with CNDDR staff as well as representatives from the Embassy of Belgium and the Provincial Office.

The meetings in Bujumbura have focused on follow-up of activities under Burundi’s Emergency Demobilization and Transitional Reintegration Project (PDRT). PDRT is providing 150 severely disabled ex-combatants with houses with access roads and pathways in a total of 12 locations. All sites will have water harvesting facilities, main water connections at five locations where water supply are available, and a new dedicated water supply will be provided in one location. Main power supply will be connected at five sites where main power is available. Further, all houses will be provided with solar power facilities.

AFTCS/TDRP Team Visits Ex-combatant Project Site in Burundi

On 20 March 2014, the AFTCS/TDRP team visited a housing project site in Cibitoke Province. The Karurama site in the Rugombo commune in Cibitoke is the largest of the 12 sites with 45 houses on the plot. Each of the houses includes a reception area, a living area, three bedrooms, and a utility area including a kitchen and toilet. The team was pleased with the progress made on the construction of the houses in Cibitoke which commenced eight weeks ago and with the quality of work in general.

CNDDR has, through PDRT, demobilized members of the National Liberation Forces (FNL) and the National Liberation Forces – dissidents (FNL-D), and continues to provide socioeconomic reintegration support to said members following demobilization, as well as to ex-combatants demobilized under the Emergency Demobilization, Reinsertion, and Reintegration Project, with a particular focus on the provision of such support to female, child, and disabled ex-combatants. The two projects have supported the demobilization and reintegration of 8,682 ex-combatants and child soldiers in Burundi.

 

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