Thursday, February 05, 2004

Sierra Leone: disarmament complete

And now for some good news.

After five years, Sierra Leone has announced that its disarmamaent program is complete.
President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah wound up the process by officially dissolving the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR) at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Reading his last report, Francis Kaikai, executive secretary of the committee, said that after disarming 72 490 fighters and demobilising 71 043, including 6 845 child soldiers, he was "no longer aware of any illegal armed groups posing a threat to the state of Sierra Leone".

... The entire programme, according to the executive secretary, cost $36.5 million. Most of the money was provided by a dozen overseas donors.