Our Activities in Yemen:
The DRR Project
To tackle the issues Yemen has been facing, the Deradicalization, Reinsertion, Reintegration (DRR) Project in Yemen was launched in June 2021. We have been conducting a holistic program that empowers disengaged combatants and returnees from armed groups, emphasizing youth and children through; successfully deradicalizing and reintegrating the targets; overseeing successful reconciliation with the local society; offering fundamental education and skills necessary for employment; and providing continuous support even after they accomplish the program.
Through the success in empowering the targeted youths and children, local societies will foresee a stronger economy, fulfilled community needs, and most importantly, the stabilization of the county. Operating in the Taiz governorate, we collaborate with local NGOs, the local government, and Yemenis residing in Japan. Taiz was selected as the operation area, due to the governorate’s importance as an area for defectors and returnees of armed groups to return to. The activities held under this project are as follows:
Care Counseling; Vocational Training; Life-Skill Training; Interactive Religious Seminar; Reconciliation Sessions; High Expectation Management Session; Long-term Follow-up; Defection Support; Provision of supplies for basic human needs; Improvement of the Special Detention Center
As part of this project, we also implement outreach activities to induce further defection of current armed group members, and facilitate an agreement among various actors in the Yemeni government towards the handling of ex-armed-group combatants.
In October 2022, we further expanded our activities, initiating deradicalization and reintegration programs for the Houthis’ detainees held in the Special Detention Center in Taiz. In Yemen, a prisoner swap system between the opposing Houthis and the Yemeni transitional government exists. However, such a framework creates a risk of the exchanged individual reverting to combatants and committing violent activities. To prevent this, we aim to de-radicalize and rehabilitate such detainees before releasing them so that each one of them can choose his or her life after the exchange.
We are also participating in the negotiation process of the "prisoner exchange" itself, where the exchange of government prisoners of war held by the Houthis and Houthi prisoners held by the government occurs. Not only in Taiz, similar initiatives in Maarib province, Central Yemen, have also been in development. We are determined to continue working for peace in Yemen, so that young people can live positively in their communities with hope, not with weapons.