Africa

 

Land is Thicker than Blood or Water in Burundi: Intra-Family Land Disputes in a ‘Post Conflict’ State

Kelsey Jones-Casey provides a very insightful blog entry on behalf of the United States Institute of Peace. While in Burundi, Jones-Casey interviewed local community members who revealed that a primary cause of the conflict and violence in Burundi was the tension between family members over land inheritance. The author argues, “There is simply not enough land for families to continue cultivation and bequeathal as they have throughout history,” which points out the fact that Burundi’s small land mass is a factor to these land disputes. Furthermore, Burundi’s high levels of violence, including the 1972 and 1993 massacres, have contributed to the country’s land conflicts. The people of Burundi are now calling for “land and inheritance reform” as a response to the large-scale displacement.

Jones-Casey, Kelsey. “Land is Thicker than Blood or Water in Burundi: Intra-Family Land Disputes in a ‘Post-Conflict’ State.” United States Institute of Peace: International Network for Economics and Conflict. 9 June 2013. Web. November 2013.
<http://inec.usip.org/blog/2013/jun/09/land-thicker-blood-or-water-burundi-intra-family-land-disputes-post-conflict-stat>.

 

Biofuel project in Kenya ignites land, environmental disputes

Robyn Dixon introduces David McClure, a Canadian businessman who traveled to Kenya to initiate a biofuel project. This article describes the troubles McClure and his company faced when trying to extract natural resources from Kenya. Although new job opportunities were promised to the local community members, forced displacement would soon emerge due to the companies need for land. Environment and land issues in today’s world create a lot of barriers for social and economic improvement and development.

Dixon, Robyn. “Biofuel project in Kenya ignites land, environmental disputes.” Los Angeles Times. 22 June 2013. Web. November 2013. <http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/22/world/la-fg-kenya-biofuel-20130622>.

 

The changing face of land disputes in Liberia

IRIN News reports on the current land situation in Liberia, ten years after the civil war came to an end. Following the armed conflict, land disputes emerged in different form. As the author explains, areas including Nimba and Lofa experienced great turmoil, as refugees returned to find that their land had been sold or taken over by their neighbors. The Liberian Land Commission of 2009 was formed in order to address these prevalent issues. Today, refugees face many land problems, which increases the need for land reform laws and acts, in order to bring peace and harmony.

IRIN News. “The changing face of land disputes in Liberia.” IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis. 20 May 2013. Web. November 2013. <http://www.irinnews.org/report/98070/the-changing-face-of-land-disputes-in-liberia>.

 

Swapping land for peace in war-torn Ivory Coast

Aaron Ross describes a quiet little village called Zialog, situated in western Ivory Coast. Following the violence that took place during the elections of 2011, this country continues to face extremely violent land disputes. One would not expect a quiet village like Zialog to experience such tremendous violence, but the author explains the destruction that has taken a toll on this village with thorough detail.

Ross, Aaron. “Swapping land for peace in war-torn Ivory Coast.” Global Post. 17 July 2013. Web. November 2013. <http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130711/ivory-coast-conflict-gbago-ouattara-ziaglo-human-rights-watch>.

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