n Conflict Trends - Managing conflicts in Africa : building the capacity of the OAU

Volume 1999, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In 1998 alone, Africa experienced seven major conflicts, 33 lower intensity conflicts and 37 violent political conflicts.1 Of 48 recorded genocides since 1945, twenty took place in Africa and claimed an estimated eight million lives. These conflicts, fuelled by underlying socio-economic factors such as poverty; poor access to food, health care and education; an inefficient infrastructure; rising ethnic tensions; the proliferation of weapons; and repercussions of colonialism, challenge the well-being of every African.

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