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The ‘youth burden’ needs a new narrative and how we respond to Covid-19 in conflict zones can change it

29. May. 2020
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Melanie Pinet

In fragile and conflict-affected settings, Covid-19 is increasing vulnerabilities and tensions caused by unequal access to already strained (and often inexistent) social and medical services. This is particularly true for young people – one in every four of whom live in such areas.

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(Fighting) Jihadism in the age of the coronavirus: on the current crisis in northern Mozambique

20. May. 2020
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Jannis Saalfeld

On 23 March 2020, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an immediate global ceasefire in light of the spread of the coronavirus. Guterres stated that it was now time for people in all conflict zones to lay down their weapons and concentrate on the joint fight against the pandemic. Unmoved by this appeal, Jihadist groups around the world are eager to exploit the current crisis for their purposes. Particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, which has become a hotspot for Islamist violence over the last decade, there is the danger that the spread of the virus will significantly aggravate existing trends of destabilisation.

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Peace and ‘security’ in the face of COVID-19

14. May. 2020
Martina Fischer

The global crisis is hitting the poorest hardest. That is true of the major urban conurbations in the West and it is true in the global South. Fragile states, war zones and post-conflict areas are the least prepared to deal with the pandemic. The economic repercussions, social dislocation and potential for conflict cannot be realistically gauged at present. Security must be redefined and disarmament is urgently called for.

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Combatting the corona virus: information is the greatest tool

14. May. 2020
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Never Again Rwanda

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge that is facing communities around the world. Governments, organizations and individuals from all sectors across the globe are coming together to help to devise responses and tackle this global outbreak. This collective challenge has induced global solidarity and support. From a peacebuilding perspective, the virus does not only present various challenges but also provides conditions that have the potential to advance peacebuilding processes.

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Sri Lanka. Protecting peace and human rights in the crisis

12. May. 2020
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Jannike Riesch

In an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, scores of countries around the world have taken measures that restrict movement. According to ACAPS , these restrictions include lockdowns of varying degrees in over 120 countries. One of these countries is Sri Lanka. Despite the recorded number of infections being relatively low at the time (less than 50 in a country of over 21 million), the Sri Lankan government imposed a strict island-wide curfew on 20 March, ordering everyone except those working in essential services to stay home.

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Corona, Peace and Conflict

The Covid-19 virus turns our lives upside down. The effects on peace and conflict dynamics become increasingly clear. As a knowledge hub, FriEnt's blog series “Corona, Peace and Conflict” has set itself the task of sharing experiences from a wide range of actors, bundling assessments and showing new perspectives on developments in sub-areas of peacebuilding.

 

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