$8bn to reintegrate Libyan fighters
10 January 2012, 09:21
Tripoli - A Libyan government committee will help integrate former
revolutionary fighters back into civilian life using $8bn allocated to
it to get started, the committee head said on Monday.
civilians took up arms against Muammar Gaddafi's regime when protests
took a violent turn in February. Disarming the militias have been a key
struggle for the new rulers, who took over in August, which has had to
quell bloody clashes between rival militias.
The head of the
Warriors Affairs Committee, Moustafa al-Sagizli, told reporters on that
his organisation would begin recruiting volunteers to take advantage of
its integration programmes.
"Countries around the world take care
of their sons who fought wars for them and help to ease their transition
from the fighting environment into society to build and develop the
country," he said.
He said that each ministry will be offering
close to $2bn to fund volunteers to travel abroad for language and
computer training, to give micro-credit loans to start small businesses
or help to find jobs.
"The committee's first goal is to attract
the armed fighters and rehabilitate them," he said. "We need to raise
their awareness of how to transition from fighting and the revolution
into the 'building the country' stage."
Al-Sagizli also said that
money would be available to help young men get married to start
families, or scholarships to return to school.
He said 200 000
fighters from all over Libya were expected to sign up for the
committee's programmes, including those fighting on the front lines and
guarding oil fields and vital institutions.
He said many of those who complete training will eventually be employed by the government.