AU “Silence the Guns” Meet Kicks Off


medical view geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Meeting will be attended by AU Member States, Partners and representatives of the diplomatic missions in Ethiopia, academicians, civil society, think-tanks and other relevant stakeholders.

The objective of the Meeting is to lay the foundation for the formulation of a framework to guide the actions required to achieve the noble goal of bringing conflicts to an end in Africa.

It is intended that during the debate, views will be exchanged on how to effectively address all the root causes of conflicts in Africa in their widest dimension.

Furthermore, it is expected that the debate will focus on the challenges and opportunities of attaining a conflict free Africa by the end of this decade.

In context will be volatile states like Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic, among others.

In Nigeria, attacks by Boko Haram insurgents recently saw the abduction of over 100 school girls coupled by terror attacks on bus stations and other vital places.

In Somalia, Al Shabaab terrorists continue to wreck havoc in Mogadishu, characterised by bomb blasts and gunning down of key government officials.

The latest incident saw the death of a Somali parliamentarian Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal – the second lawmaker to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu.

Sudan is characterised by government raids and mass murders in Darfur and Kordofan regions.

South Sudan is the most volatile of all characterised by clashes between rebels of Dr Riek Machar and SPLA in most states of the country.

CAR is not safe or stable either.


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