Covid is a Conflict Multiplier - But Building Peace Is Possible

Analyses by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Accord), headquartered in Durban, South Africa, warn that Covid-19 has provoked responses that violate human rights, slow effective responses to the pandemic and, ultimately, threaten peace. The Centre's young researchers are contributing to a growing base of information and data about the pandemic and peacebuilding. The founder and head of the Centre tells AllAfrica that this growing body of knowledge - including about the role of poverty and inequality in causing conflict - is essential to training effective peacebuilders.

When Bagama Guehara walked out of Donka Hospital in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on 7 July this year, leaning on a walking stick for support, she was met with rapturous applause from the medical staff and fellow patients. At 99, Guehara is the oldest person to have tested positive for Covid-19 in Guinea since the country’s first positive case was detected on 13 March 2020.

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