n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2010 Number si-1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


As the world focuses its attention on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, 'the biggest show on earth', we must not forget that political instability and intra-state conflict remain realities on the African continent. As sadly illustrated by the attack on the Togolese national football team in Cabinda, Angola, just before the Africa Cup of Nations in the beginning of the year, and subsequent outbreaks of armed violence in Nigeria, as well as continued strife and protracted warfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, northern Uganda and elsewhere, there is a dire need for peace and stability. Dialogue and peace are keys to development. Conflicts not only result in untold suffering for millions of men, women and children across the continent, but stand in the way of much needed socio-economic progress. Against this background, the African Union (AU) declared the year 2010 a 'Year of Peace and Security', with the clarion call of 'Make Peace Happen!'

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