Leaders work to end conflicts in Great Lakes region


By JONATHAN KAMOGA
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A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.

The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.

The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.

In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was widely expected to seek two more terms, announced he will not seek re-election in 2020; while South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a ceasefire and…

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