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Integrating fighters after war: Reflections on the Namibian experience, 1989-1993



Contributing to the growing interest in post-war integration, this paper reviews recent research on the demobilisation and rehabilitation of fighters. Against the background of the Namibian peace, disarmament and demobilisation processes, the paper conceptualises fighter integration in terms of nation-building and containment strategies. The creation of the Namibian defence and police forces are essential to the consolidation of the new state and afford relatively secure employment and career opportunities. Gratuity payments, skill training for future income generation, resettlement programmes and assistance to the disabled were primarily intended to minimise the threat of unrest posed by other veterans frustrated at the lack of tangible benefit from their years of contribution to the war

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