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DARFUR: 4 April was International Day of Mine Awareness. In Darfur, as a consequence of conflict, unexploded ordnances - which include land mines, shells and grenades - are a serious risk for civilians, especially children. (Photo/ UNAMID/ Albert Gonzalez Farran)

At A Time Of Chemical Attacks: Explosive Violence And The Most Dangerous Places To Be A Civilian In Africa

Syria isn’t the only place where use of chemical weapons has been reported – Sudan was suspected of using them in Darfur last year. Recent data shows explosive violence has been escalating in Somalia, but dropping in Nigeria


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Young mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park. The park is known for its population of the endangered species. (Photo/ Flickr/ Radio Okapi).

Why Fighting Fire With Fire In DRC’s Virunga Park Isn’t Helping Conservation

A plethora of armed groups operates in and around the Virunga National Park. The dominant storyline is that the park contributes to peace building. But the reality on the ground is much more complex


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The toll that various militia exact on civilian lives in Africa is highly under-appreciated. (Photo/AK Rockefeller/Flickr).

Nigeria’s ‘Neglected’ Conflict; Plus How One American Life Is ‘Equal’ To 80,000 African Lives

Along with Boko Haram and other armed groups, sectarian violence is responsible for over 16,500 civilian deaths in Nigeria over the past five years. That’s 50% more than the recent Ebola epidemic


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There was joy and jubilation on South Sudan's independence day, July 9, 2011. (Photo/ Flickr/ Steve Evans)

South Sudan’s Return To The Killing Fields: Terrible, But Not Unusual

At least nine countries in Africa have erupted into conflict five years or less after independence; once a country has tasted war, it becomes a valid and accessible means solving the ‘problem’ of political competition