DR Congo: 24,000 foreign ex-combatants repatriated since 2002

More than 24,000 foreign ex-combatants have been demobilised and repatriated from the DR Congo by the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) since 2002. Last year, 1,165 foreign ex-combatants surrendered to the Mission’s programme for ‘Disarmament, Demobilisation, Repatriation, Reintegration and Resettlement’ (DDR/RR). Most of these had been rebel combatants from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a militia group known to have recruited children as soldiers. 645 child soldiers were among the demobilised ex-combatants. More