Extracted from text ... Intra-state conflicts - the
majority of contemporary conflicts in Africa - are
generally characterised by multiple cease-fires and peace-accords, only to be
followed by new rounds of fighting. Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration
(henceforth DDR) programmes that deal with under-age combatants
are likely to begin before a peace-deal has been reached, 1 or to take place
while pockets of fighters still remain under arms, leaving the
door open to reconscription.
Youth combatants2 bring up multiple reasons why they join, stay
with, and sometimes rejoin, armed factions. To determine and understand the
reasons stated and their consequences is an important step towards ..