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Delays in carrying out peace agreement harm Darfur, says UN and other partners | U.N. News Centre

The United Nations and other partners in an international group working to support the peace efforts in Sudan’s Darfur region have condemned recent attacks in the troubled region and cautioned that any serious delays to carrying out the 2011 peace agreement could further destabilize the entire region. The fifth Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) wrapped up in Doha, Qatar, on 9 ...

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South African troops to join new UN force with mandate to act against Congo rebels | The Washington Post

South Africa said Monday that it will contribute forces to a United Nations military mission with an unprecedented mandate to take action against rebel groups in Congo, just over two weeks after 13 South African troops died in a battle with rebels in Central African Republic. South African troops will join a new “intervention brigade” for Congo that was authorized ...

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Qatar conference aims to raise billions for Darfur | Aljazeera

The Qatar conference, starting on Sunday, aims to raise billions of dollars to rebuild the region, devastated by 10-year of conflict – but money alone is not enough to restore peace and stability. The Liberation and Justice Movement is an umbrella organisation of minor rebel factions whose members signed a peace agreement with the Sudanese government in Doha in 2011. ...

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When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts | Yale Environment 360

“When the Water Ends,” a 16-minute video produced by Yale Environment 360 in collaboration with MediaStorm, tells the story of this conflict and of the increasingly dire drought conditions facing parts of East Africa. To report this video, Evan Abramson, a 32-year-old photographer and videographer, spent two months in the region early this year, living among the herding communities. He ...

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Nigeria: Sacrificing Peace or Justice | allAfrica.com

Justice or peace? Basically that’s what it boils down to. Since the beginning of the offensive by Boko Haram, there has been widespread debate about how to bring the bloody onslaught to an end. With so many divergent voices lending themselves to the debate of whether the particular strategy developed along the lines of amnesty is appropriate, given the surrounding ...

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UN Security Council Approves First-Ever ‘Intervention Brigade’ | Radio Free Europe

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the first-ever “offensive” UN peacekeeping force to fight rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 3,000-strong UN brigade has a unique mandate to carry out offensive operations to neutralize or disarm the rebels. However, the UN resolution on March 28 says the “intervention brigade” would be established for one year on an ...

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The war against Iraq and the peoples of Africa | Pambazuka

Many people now understand that the war against the people of Iraq was an imperialist war. This is an important point at a time when the same fabrication of terrorism is being propagated to justify the expansion of the US war and military campaign in Africa. Horace Campbell is Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University. ...

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DR Congo rebel transfer won’t bring peace | GlobalPost

The transfer to the International Criminal Court of warlord Bosco Ntaganda would be a blow against impunity but will not fundamentally change the situation in eastern DR Congo, analysts say. Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been in a state of chronic unrest for almost two decades, beset either by war and insurgencies. “Ntaganda is the symbol of impunity in ...

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Peace-building courses in Rwanda help next generation learn from past | Veronique Mistiaen, guardian.co.uk

More than 60% of Rwanda’s population is under the age of 24, so their understanding of the genocide is shaped by their families and communities. “There are resentments and ideologies that children learn from their parents and wider communities, and these feelings pose a threat to long-term stability and the economic and social development of the country,” says Dr James ...

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