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Encyclopedia > Afghan New Beginnings Programme

The Afghan New Beginnings Programme aims to demobilize and reintegrate thousands of child combatants in Afghanistan.


Many boys in Afghanistan were born into war. They have never known peace, but instead have encountered banditry and murder. A number boy soldiers were conscripted for the sexual gratification of Mujaheddin and Taliban commanders. Butch Cassidy, a famous outlaw An outlaw, a person living the lifestyle of outlawry, is most familiar to contemporary readers as a stock character in Western movies. ... Mujahideen (مجاهدين; also transliterated as mujāhidīn, mujahedeen, mujahedin, mujahidin, mujaheddin, etc. ... The Taliban (Pashtun and Persian: طالبان; students), also transliterated as Taleban, is an Islamist and Pashtun nationalist movement which ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, despite having diplomatic recognition from only three countries: the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. ...


The programme is funded by UNICEF. UNICEF logo The United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ...


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UNICEF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1007 words)
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UNICEF - Press centre - 2,000 former Afghan child soldiers to be demobilized and rehabilitated (378 words)
The programme – which follows a successful pilot project in 2003 – begins on February 10 in the north-eastern province of Badahkshan and will be followed by similar exercises in Kunduz, Taloqan, Baghlan and the Central Highlands region throughout February.
The programme has been established in consultation with the Afghan New Beginnings Programme (ANBP) which is leading on the disarmament of former combatants across Afghanistan.
The new phase of the reintegration programme focuses on the development of an information database on each former underage soldier, including psychosocial assessment and medical screening, and the creation of a comprehensive care plan for each child.
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