The Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Programme (APRP) was established in 2010 and aims to peel low- to mid-ranking fighters away from the insurgency. A total of 3,825 former fighters have joined the programme to date, according to the High Peace Council. Those who agree to hand over their weapons and support the government are helped to rejoin their communities. From a fund worth £90m, former fighters are supposed to get a monthly stipend of £75 for three months, and help with training and jobs.
“We all decided we would join the peace process,” Abdul Qader’s wife, Sonia, explains. “We didn’t want our children to be killed.”
However, during the past year, the family have received virtually none of the promised benefits – and they live in constant fear of their lives.
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