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Vol 48 No 13

Published 22nd June 2007

Post-war hopes hit trouble

A trip along the West African seaboard today might persuade an averagely optimistic traveller that life is getting better

Several countries have seen political progress with freer elections and freer newspapers. Many of the conflicts along the arc of crisis, which ran westwards from Abidjan towards Senegal's Casamance region, have ebbed or ended. There are some new rumblings, however, and many of the causes of the conflict persist, such as gross inequalities and lack of economic and educational opportunity. Currently, West Africa is something of a post-conflict laboratory.

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