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Peace Spreads in W. Africa, Future Unsure

Machete wounds are healing in West Africa’s conflict zones. Child soldiers are laying down AK-47s. Warlords languish in jail or exile, their countries now patrolled by the world’s largest deployment of U.N. troops. “Out of Africa, always something new,” Roman author Pliny the Elder declared some 2,000 years ago. The news out of West Africa today is peace, after nearly 15 years of wars that killed more than a quarter-million people. Peace deals in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and, since August, Liberia have brought six months without major bloodletting. But stretching tranquility into years will take commitments of outside money, militaries and attention, Africa watchers say. Full Story

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