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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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South African police officers. Violence containment costs as a percentage of GDP (including expenditure on the military and personal security) in South Africa is in the region of Somalia's and Sudan's. (Photo/ Wikimedia Commons)

The Economic Cost Of Violence In Africa: Some Rich ‘Peaceful’ Countries Might As Well Be At War

In terms of absolute spending, violence containment costs in Africa roughly correlate with GDP. As a percentage of GDP however, it becomes more complicated: some wealthy countries might as well be at war.