Libya attempts to reintegrate fighters

10 January 2012

Tripoli plans $8bn spend on rehabilitation

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) plans to spend $8bn helping reintegrate former revolutionary fighters into civilian life following eight months of civil war in 2011.

The Warriors Affairs Committee, established to organise the programme, is headed by Moustafa al-Sagizli who will begin recruiting volunteers for its integration programme.  Al-Sagizli expects up to 200,000 fighters from across the country will sign up for the committee’s programmes.

A number of government ministries have offered $2bn each to fund volunteers to travel abroad for language and computer training, as well as providing micro-credit loans to start small businesses or help to find employment, says Al-Sagizli, the Associated Press reports.

Money would be available to help young men get married to start families, or scholarships to return to school.

Libya has struggled to deal with the militias which were formed in the wake of civil war in March 2011 to take responsibility for local security in the absence of the police and army. Despite the defeat of Gaddafi’s forces, the militias have been reluctant to disband or hand over their weapons to the NTC (MEED 7:12:11).

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