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Lack of Funds to Retrain Ex-Fighters Poses Security Threat

Restless ex-combatants in Liberia who have handed in their weapons but who have not received promised education or skills training because of a cash shortage pose a threat to national security, the transitional government and the United Nations have warned. “The inability to absorb the demobilised combatants into training institutions is a major cause of the increasing unrest and rioting,” the government and the United Nations said in a joint document submitted to international donors recently. “The ex-combatants’ overwhelming concentration in the over-congested capital Monrovia, without job opportunities, poses a threat to national security,” it stressed. Full Story

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