Fighters who surrendered taking up classes, such as carpentry, to start afresh after years of battling the government.
Former rebel fighters with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which has been battling against the government for an independent state for ethnic Somalis in Eastern Ethiopia for decades, are learning new skills to make fresh starts.
Gored Osman Ali is one fighter who laid down his arms and surrendered to the Ethiopian military two years ago.
He is learning carpentry in what the Ethiopian government describes as a programme to teach the ex-fighters new skills and integrate them into society.
Ali, who is heavily scarred from sustaining nine wounds during his time with the group, says he joined the ONLF when he was 15 years old.
"I realised there was no way a solution could be found using force and whatever perception I had in the beginning I was wrong,” he told Al Jazeera.
Ogaden is officially known as the Somali region of Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian government has said that hundreds of ONLF fighters have been captured or surrendered in recent years, insisting the conflict is over.
Both the Ethiopian government and the ONLF have accused each other of committing human rights abuse including killing of civilians, torture and rape. There has been no formal political settlement.
Source: Al Jazeera