REFUGEES AND INTERNAL POPULATION DISPLACEMENT IN AFRICA CHALLENGES FOR CONTINENTAL PEACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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Yohanna Kagoro Gandu

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Over the years, the international community has responded positively in the provision of asylum and relief assistance to meet the physical and psychological needs of tens of thousands and millions of African refugees and internally displaced people. Despite such efforts, structures generating refugees and internal population displacement in Africa which have not been adequately addressed by the international community is in a way delaying the mitigation of this monumental continental problem. The principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state mainly seem to be responsible for the
avoidance to address the problem. While this principle need to be respected as a guarantee for international peace and security, the paradox is such that experiences in Somalia, the Great Lakes Region, Liberia, Sierra Leone and recently Afghanistan have shown that affairs of sovereign states do metamorphose into international problems too. The point
is that once refugees cross international borders, they become an international problem and the international community assumes the responsibility of providing legal; psychological and material assistance. As a panacea to the pandemic population displacement in Africa, this paper argues logically that the international community should find solution to the structures that generate mass exoduses in the continent. Investigating the cause of mass population displacement in Africa is imperative for both theoretical and practical solutions.

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Gandu, Y. K. (2021). REFUGEES AND INTERNAL POPULATION DISPLACEMENT IN AFRICA: CHALLENGES FOR CONTINENTAL PEACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Africa Peace Review, 8(1). Retrieved from https://aprndc.com/index.php/APR/article/view/46
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Yohanna Kagoro Gandu, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Department of Sociology