n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Profiteering from chaos in Central Africa - : Central Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2014, Issue 02
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Perhaps it is a mere matter of semantics, but there is a very simple answer to why some of Central Africa's bloodiest, most brutal wars never seem to end. They are not really wars in the conventional view. The combatants are often not motivated by a clear ideology and they may not have clear goals. These rebels are usually not interested in conquering and taking over capital cities or major cities. Rather, they prefer the deep bush, where it is far easier to carry out activities which are less military than criminal in nature. Central African rebels in 2014 seem uninterested in converting recruits for the greater cause; instead they steal other people's children, put AK-47's or machetes in the children's hands and make them do the killing. A close look at some of the region's most notorious ongoing conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirms these common factors.

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