Africa's Conflicts & Crises Making COVID-19 More Deadly

Crowded conditions, extreme poverty and compromised immunity, lack of access to water and hygiene and rudimentary health infrastructures are all factors increasing Africa's vulnerability to Coronoavirus, according to an analysis by Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru is a scholar with extensive experience in peacebuilding and in conflict prevention and mediation. Also, a newly released study has confirmed that countries with large populations and low levels of development are most likely to see a rise in armed conflict after extreme weather events. The study cites Mali as an example, where the militant group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb exploited a weak state and people's desperation after a severe drought in 2009 to recruit fighters to expand its area of operation.

 

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