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Submitted by Patricio V Marquez on

Many thanks Omer for this excellent but often ignored topic. If rehabilitation and reintegration of child soldiers, including mental health and psychosocial support, are not recognized as priority areas to be included as key components of humanitarian and development programs in conflict and post conflict settings, the rebuilding of societies will be severely undermined. But I would argue that rehabilitation and reintegration should also focus on and include combatants of all ages since many of them grew up in armies and have spent a large proportion of their lives in environments of conflict and violence. The proliferation of gangs (the so called MARAS) in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala is the direct result of the inattention to the need to rehabilitate and reintegrate over time combatants of all ages after the Central American wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Let's learn from history!