Struggles in Peacetime: Working With Ex-combatants in Mozambique – Their Work, Their Frustrations and Successes

Struggles in Peacetime: Working With Ex-combatants in Mozambique – Their Work, Their Frustrations and Successes

The subsequent piece is based on interviews with more than 40 former combatants in Mozambique and a number of other relevant actors, it seeks to begin answering some of the questions that hardly ever get asked: what do the lives of ex-combatants really look like? How are they coping in post-war society? What roles do they envisage for themselves in their communities or society at large? What are the actual roles they are already performing?





Bram Posthumus
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Bram Posthumus is a multi-media professional that has been covering (West) Africa since 1992 for leading broadcasters and publishers. In possession of a lifelong interest and deep knowledge of the region, he commentates, reports and analyses History, Politics and the Economy Trade, Aid and International Justice. He holds a Bachelor's degree (equivalent) English language, social studies from Vrije Leergangen Vrije Uiversiteit (VL-VU), Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Salomao Mungoi
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Salomao Mungoi is an Assistant Project Analyst at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He has extensive experience as security sector reform practitioner, information analyst, social researcher, mediator and conflict resolution facilitator. He has obtained a PGCert in Intelligence and Security from the University of Leicester and a Master's degree Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor from the Pedagogic University Mozambique.


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Dr. Hugo van der Merwe is the Director of Research, Knowledge and Learning at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Since joining CSVR in 1997, he has developed and managed numerous research projects evaluating the work and impact of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and managed various research, advocacy and intervention projects relating to transitional justice in South Africa and on the African continent.

Richard Smith
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Richard Melville Smith is Senior Mediation Advisor at Standby Team UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. He obtained his M.Phil. Conflict Transformation and Management Development Economics and International Relations. Mediation, Negotiation and Dialogue from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Diploma in Adult Basic Education and Training from the University of South Africa and B.Soc. Sc. Economics and Psychology from the University of Cape Town.

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