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Guardians of Peace (Burundi)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 10
Country: Burundi
Date formed: Jan. 1, 1997
Details of Formation: According to US State Department Report (1998), the government created the Guardians of Peace in 1997.
Date dissolved: Sept. 30, 2005
Details of Termination: In 2003, the government set up a three-part demobilisation programme targeting children in the Peace Guards. Terminated with demobilisation process in Sept 2005 (US State Department Report 2006)
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no
Types of Material Support: domestic government; plunder and loot; military
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: village/rural; adolescents; former rebels; children
Location: Rumonge, Kibononbono, Gihanga Commune, Muruta Commune, Birimba sector, Burambi, Bujumbura
Force Strength: [unknown, 20000]
Target(s): civilians; criminals; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group
Purpose(s): self-defense and security
Other Information: -Consits partly of rehabilitated rebels. -Armed but unpaid. -A.k.a. Gardiens de la Paix. -Peace guards are not provided with arms unless they are doing night rounds. -Col Twagiramungu founder of the militia. -Not a single PGAG, but consists of several regional independent units. -Aka "(Jeunes) gardiens de la paix " -Aka '"Youth Peacekeepers"