n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2001, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Since 1970, more than 30 wars have been fought in Africa. Last year, more than 15 African countries were involved in violent wars, or were experiencing severe civil strife. What is distinctive about these wars, as opposed to previous ones, is the nature of casualties. During the First World War, only 5% of casualties were civilian. In the wars currently being fought on the African continent, more than 90% of casualties are civilian. Another striking feature of these wars is that it is the most vulnerable in society - women and children - that suffer the most.

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