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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Wednesday 24 March 2004

DRC: 9,775 fighters and dependents repatriated to date, says MONUC

KINSHASA, 24 Mar 2004 (IRIN) - A total of 9,775 Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian combatants and their dependents have been repatriated so far through the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement (DDRRR) programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Hamadoun Toure, spokesman for the UN Mission in the country, MONUC, told IRIN on Wednesday.

In doing so, MONUC said it had achieved a goal set by its chief, William Swing, to repatriate 10,000 non-Congolese combatants before the end of March.

Since it began two years ago, the DDRRR programme has overseen the repatriation of 6,437 combatants and 3,338 of their dependents. Rwandans have been made up the largest part of this total, with 6,185 repatriated, of whom 3,032 were civilian dependents; 505 Ugandans, of whom 202 were dependents; and 3,085 Burundians, of whom 2,635 returned spontaneously to Burundi without the help of MONUC.


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