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The Kampala Convention: Time for Ratification

TweetDjibril Balde with Kristof Orlans In October 2009, the African Union adopted The Kampala Convention, (the Convention) which was designed for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa. It came into force in 2012, 30 days after … Continue reading

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Can Peacekeeping Work? The Enormity of the Challenge in South Sudan

TweetLucy Hovil Despite all the time, energy, and rhetoric invested in trying to figure out how to protect civilians from atrocities, the vast majority of civilians in armed conflict are exposed and unprotected. This is very much the case in … Continue reading

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Are international actors steering the right course in Burundi?

TweetThe African Union and UN appear to have found a new sense of urgency, but Burundi’s current crisis will only be resolved if it is seen as part of a longer legacy. Olivier* was studying at the University of Burundi … Continue reading

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Casamance: political will is needed to address the situation of IDPs

TweetFor thirty two years, the armed conflict in Casamance, which has pitted the government of Senegal against separatist rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), remains unresolved and the civilians displaced by it remain vulnerable. The MFDC … Continue reading

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The silent and unseen displacement in the DRC

TweetInfrastructural development projects disrupt the lives of thousands of people every year without much attention paid to the human cost. In fact, it is widely believed that up to 80 million people have been displaced by the construction of large … Continue reading

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The international community takes action on Mali

TweetThe international community could have avoided the consequences of the crisis in Mali if they had mobilised earlier. And nothing can justify the inaction and slowness of the international and regional military deployment in northern Mali. In January 2012, violence … Continue reading

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New challenges for protecting IDPs in Africa

TweetIn 2011, Africa had an estimated 9.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), more than on any other continent. Forced displacement due to internal conflicts, natural disasters as well as bomb attacks, which are alarmingly on the increase in countries such … Continue reading

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