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Tigray Initiates Massive Demobilization Effort of TDF Members

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The Tigray region has undertaken a significant demobilization initiative, discharging Defense Forces (TDF) members. This pivotal move by the Tigray Interim Government aims to comply with the peace deal, known as Pretoria, signed in November 2022. As part of this multifaceted agreement, the demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration (DDR) of armed forces play a crucial role in fostering lasting stability.

Demobilization Progress

The Tigray Interim Government has diligently pursued the demobilization process, signaling a commitment to the principles outlined in the Pretoria deal. Notably, last year saw the demobilization of 50,000 TDF members, a significant step towards the larger goal of ensuring regional and national security.

Recent Developments

Recent reports indicate that the Tigray region has continued this demobilization effort over the past few weeks and months, discharging additional TDF members. According to the Tigray Communication Affairs Bureau, the recent demobilizations bring the total to approximately 100,000 TDF members. The issuance of discharge certificates marks a formal acknowledgment of their transition to civilian life.

Challenges Faced by Demobilized Members

However, the demobilized TDF members are now grappling with the aftermath of their transition. Despite their commitment and sacrifice for the region’s security, they face numerous challenges. The federal government has not provided substantial support, leaving the burden on the Tigray Interim Government, which has extended financial assistance to these demobilized individuals in collaboration with external entities.

Concerns and Questions

The current situation raises critical questions about the fate of these demobilized members. With livelihoods disrupted and economic prospects uncertain, concerns about their integration into various sectors, including regional departments, are being voiced. Additionally, the security challenges in Tigray, exacerbated by the presence of armed gangs, add further complexity to the demobilization process.

Calls for Transparency

In light of the challenges demobilized TDF members face, calls for transparency from the Tigray Interim Government are being made. Detailed information regarding their living conditions, job opportunities, and integration efforts must be made public to address the concerns raised by the demobilized members and the broader community.

Financial Support and Economic Recovery

The European Union recently announced financial support of 16 million Euros for implementing the adequacy of support for the demobilized TDF members. The economic recovery of the Tigray region is contingent not only on finance but also on creating jobs and encouraging new businesses.

As the Tigray region navigates this intricate demobilization process, the international community and stakeholders closely observe the developments, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to ensure the successful reintegration of demobilized TDF members into society.

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