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Buy and Download Description In the immediate postwar period, the vast majority of people migrating, resettling and reconstructing civil society are civilians. Yet demobilising soldiers and reintegrating them into civil society are key steps, and sometimes necessary preconditions, in the processes of demilitarisation and postwar social reconstruction. In Angola, the failure to demobilise after the 1991 Bicesse Accord facilitated the return to war in 1992. Demobilisation in Angola entails merging two armies and then sending around 70,000 soldiers back into civil society. As of November 1997, this process was still far behind the schedule predicted when the Lusaka Protocol was signed. Who are these soldiers, and what is their future in civilian life? Why do they worry about demobilisation? This chapter presents data collected by the authors in a survey of 500 soldiers (250 from each side) from both armies in April 1995. It discusses the social profiles of these soldiers, their postwar expectations, and some of the problems in fulfilling these expectations. In the immediate postwar period, the vast majority of people migrating, resettling and reconstructing civil society are civilians. Yet demobilising soldiers and reintegrating them into civil society are key steps, and sometimes necessary precondit
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