The earth is truly a troublesome place to live in and humans, not surprisingly, will never experience any so-called “world peace” so long as anyone finds even the smallest of reasons to start an armed conflict. At the moment there are more than 40 active conflicts around the world. While Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq continuously capture the headlines, a new interactive map can show them all complete with brief discussions. This interactive map was created by non-profit organization IRIN and it allows users to easily pinpoint key points of each conflict.
According to IRIN, “Many of the conflicts don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, or even the Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts, from Colombia to the Ogaden (in Somali), from Kashmir to the Western Sahara, is just as devastating and destructive for the people who live there.” The map is part of a series of articles from IRIN around the concept of forgotten wars. It examines the root causes, human cost and potential for peace of conflicts in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Casamance (Senegal), South Kordofan (Sudan), southern Thailand, and the complicated conflicts in the Philippines.
The map marks each conflict with a red dot. This red dot is sized to represent how long the battle has been going on, with the larger dots representing those that have lasted the longest. When viewing the map and to see more about each conflict, one just needs to click on the red dot. This brings up a fact box explaining the nature of the conflict, when it began, and how many deaths have resulted from it. Also according to IRIN, “The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled over the past decade. So-called climate change, population growth, volatile markets, water scarcity, sectarianism and the mushrooming of armed groups and extremists are pushing more and more communities to the edge.
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For instance, in South Sudan, the fight is a continuation of the struggle that birthed the world’s newest nation, an independent South Sudan, in 2011. Characterized by mass displacement and severe hunger, the humanitarian crisis has been compounded by the evacuation of all aid organizations. More than 10 peace deals have fizzled since the conflict re-ignited only a few months after South Sudan became independent.”
Another minor conflict in connection to this is in the Blue Nile southern frontier of Sudan, where war has raged for more than 60 years. Also referred to by some media as the Third Sudanese Civil War, it is an ongoing armed conflict in the Sudanese southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile between the Army of Sudan (SAF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), a northern affiliate of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan. Its frontlines are largely stagnant.