n Conflict Trends - Conflict diamonds and the African 'resource curse' : peacemaking

Volume 2003, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Civil wars have provided many opportunities for political leaders in Africa to take advantage of the prevailing instability and plunder valuable natural resources all over the continent. Resultantly, resource-endowed nations of Africa have found themselves regressing politically, economically, and socially as they have been plunged into neverending civil strife which has led to the loss of millions of innocent lives. Individual political leaders, on the other hand, have in the process profited enormously from revenues from the exploitation of natural resources, often at the cost of their constituents.

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