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Deadlock at Addis Ababa talks enters the second day

Members of the mini-committee formed Thursday at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa were unable to break the deadlock over parliament and punitive measures against peace spoilers. The mini-committee set up to find solutions to the deadlock on the two issues comprises of three members representing each stakeholder at the peace talks in Addis Ababa. Officials and civil society activists attending the ongoing peace talks told the media that the committee was unable to reach a consensus on the…

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Africa: Violent Trade in Cattle, Guns and Bullets

Cattle rustling is by no means a new problem in Africa. Pastoral communities in East Africa and the Horn have dealt with it for generations. Cattle rustling or raiding was integrated into cultural norms and accepted as a way to balance community wealth and power. Driven by community need, it was redistributive and reciprocal. Local means of conflict resolution would prevent the escalation of violence, particularly among pastoral communities. But these dynamics are changing. The circulation of illicit small…

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Child soldier: ‘They told me to kill my mother. I had no option’

              More than 300 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since civil war began five years ago. Over 19,000 children are thought to have been recruited by all sides. The “laying down of the guns” ceremony for 87 girls and 224 boys on Wednesday was the first step in a process that should see at least 700 child soldiers freed in the coming weeks,…

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