The Impact of Armed Conflict on Africa of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Offu Peter Omaamaka, Agudiegwu Moses Ogbonna


The incidence of armed conflicts in Africa and the consequences on its population have become not only worrisome, negatively impacted on the socio-economic, political resources of Africa but increasingly ideological across the continent. The Study aims to examine the impact of armed conflict on Congo DR as defining instance of African armed conflict. It identifies the major causal factors of conflict as external interference in domestic affairs and gross lack of political will to enforce and abide by regional agreements, anti-corruption measures, non provision of needed political goods, and the overarching impact of DRC natural resources. The consequences are prevalent low human capital development indices, poor socio-economic indicators, escalating national crises- high civilian death rate, sexual abuse, national apathy, displacement and humanitarian crisis. The study proffers effective regional reconciliation plan among other proactive measures for rehabilitating, re-orientating and reintegrating the warring factions as panacea to consolidating DRC leadership and democracy.

Keywords: Armed Conflict, Congo DR, Human Development Index, State Failure

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