Psychosocial factors:
Because of the trauma of being forced to kill her cousin, Susan may face self-blame and self-hate issues. In combination with the continuous rape she may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, suicide ideation and in general low self-esteem. Upon returning home, she may suffer the effects of stigma, abandonment by her family, the shunning of her baby as product of rape or that of opposing forces and she may not be able to connect with her baby or have a healthy relationship with her baby. In addition, because she spend two years with her husband/captor she may have an unhealthy or dependent connection to husband/captor

Plan of Action:
Foremost, if Susan wants to go back home then reuniting her with her family should be a priority. However, her family, extended family and the community should be involved in developing the best plan of action for her reintegration. Most importantly, Susan should be actively consulted and involved in the direction of her reintegration process. Her needs should be considered and met. Open discussions with her family and community should be conducted that stress the importance of showing her and her baby acceptance and support. Advocacy of the criminality of her abduction should be conducted to help eliminate stigma.

The reintegration process should build off of local resources and should aim to build the capacity of the community to provide a safe and protective environment for Susan and her baby. Protective measures and strong family/community ties should be made to protect her from re-abduction.

Susan should be provided access to her rights to formal and non-formal education and a dignified livelihood. Her desire to go back to school or gain skills to work should be taken into account and she should be supported in a decision that lets her provide a healthy and safe home for her and her child.

During the initial stage of the reintegration process, Susan’s health needs and that of her baby should be met with proper medical attention and mental health activities for Susan such as counseling should be considered. Continuous access to health care should be made available during the entire process and thereafter.

Susan should be linked with social activities to prevent her from becoming isolated and she should be connected to women’s groups. Local NGO’s capacities to monitor and help support Susan’s reintegration should be built up.

Problems of Plan and Ways to Alleviate Pitfalls

There may be problems associated with providing Susan and her family economic support or with a livelihood. This type of intervention could create tension between community members who haven’t been helped and Susan and her family. A situational analysis should be taken before implementing any plan to determine the most appropriate way of helping Susan and her family also community members should contribute to the development of the action plan.

Societal views by the community may also be a barrier. Male former child soldiers may be more easily accepted by their communities as opposed to a female. The community’s discrimination toward women and girls may be a factor and there may be some people who think she wanted to go with her abductors or stay with them. One way to alleviate this issue is with continuous advocacy for the understanding that what happened to Susan was a crime and was not her fault.

In terms of her “husband,” his family or he himself may demand custody of the baby. Susan’s baby should be registered and legal protections should be considered to avoid this situation and to protect Susan and her baby.

Susan may also be seen as a burden on her family and they may be eager to marry her off to someone less desirable who would be willing to marry her. Long-term economic support for Susan and her family may help to reduce the risk of this event.