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Interview with William Deng, Part 1


THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISARMENT, DEMOBILISATION AND REHABILITATION COMMISSION OF SOUTH SUDAN OR (DDR) SAYS HIS COMMISSION IS WORKING TO DEMOBILIZE 150,000 FORMER S-P-L-A FIGHTERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE IN VARIOUS SOUTH SUDAN SECURITY FORCES. WILLIAM DENG SAYS THE EXERCISE IS A BIG CHALLENGE BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO MONEY TO PAY A HUGE ARMY THAT HAS A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF AGED AND ILLITERATE OFFICERS. DENG, WHO IS CURRENTLY VISITING IN THE U-S SPOKE WITH ME OVER THE WEEKEND ABOUT HIS GOVERNMENTS COMMITMENTS TOWARDS THE DDR PROGRAM. HE BEGAN BY DISCUSSING THE NEED FOR A SMALLER MILITARY, NOW THAT THE WAR WITH KHARTOUM IS OVER, AND INDEPEDENCE ACHIEVED.

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