n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2002, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818



Poverty, persecution or pestilence has driven 22,3 million people from homes. Of these, 52,4 percent are refugees, of which Africa has generated almost a third. In recent years, we have witnessed a flood of humanity exiting conflict-ridden states on the continent, from Liberia in the northwest to Sudan in the northeast, and on to Angola in the south. These are the conscience of Africa and represent a failure by African states to achieve good governance, effective conflict resolution, and prudent fiscal management. More importantly, they represent human suffering and highlight man's inhumanity towards his fellow man. More prosaically, the fact that a third of Africa's states have generated such an exodus of refugees suggests that there can be no African Renaissance unless all sources of insecurity - military, political, environmental, socio-cultural and economic - are addressed.

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