Armed Conflict In Sub-Saharan Africa Essay

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Introduction For the past 36 years, since 1980(?), there has(have) been no less than 28 sub-Saharan countries at war. Despite this staggering statistic, media and modern society has turned their eyes away from these conflicts. Roughly half of the sub-Saharan countries are either at war or having internal conflict within their own nation. These conflicts have posed a great economic and safety threat onto the continent of Africa. In countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is no longer safe for an innocent citizen to lead a normal life, as the conflict is(are) located(prevalent would be better) throughout the country. It is no longer completely safe for man (men) and women to go to work or walk the roads at night. The armed conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa has been going on for more than 50 years,(redundant, and you just said it was 36 years?) yet violence is only increasing as the years pass by. Definition of Key Terms Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa is simply a geographical term that refers to the countries that are located below the Sahara desert. This area consists of the majority of the African continent, and contains more than 45 countries. Armed Conflict “An armed conflict is a contested incompatibility which concerns government and/or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths,” as published in Journal of Peace Research. Background Information History of the region In the 1800’s, there was a high interest in the continent of Africa from European powers, due to its rich amount of resources and potential for new markets to be established. Because of this, the continent of Africa came u... ... middle of paper ... ...e conflict in Africa, creating peace, specifically with children and women in consideration African Union (AU) - African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance This document talks about the relations and the system in which the governments of African countries should be created as, by regulating the voting procedure, and making sure the government is not corrupt. Points to Consider The large amount of civilian casualties that occur due to these conflicts. This website has a large amount of data that could be useful: http://www.globalissues.org/article/84/conflicts-in-africa-introduction#ManyConflictsThroughoutAfrica The economies of sub-Saharan Africa, and how the conflict has affected them. Consider the treaties that countries might have with each other. Most countries are part of the African Union, yet are at war with each other. Keep this point in mind.

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