In the 1990s, much of the Great Lakes region was convulsed in violence with a death toll in excess of 2.75 million. Conflicts in Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire and Uganda, while not simply caused by, nevertheless share Hutu and Tutsi animosity as a common factor in their own unique conflict environments. The genocidal conflict environments. The genocidal conflict between Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda has also been a central factor in the creation of a variety of ‘exiled’ armies in the region.2 This chapter examines the emergence of several of these exiled armies and considers the social and political processes at work in their creation. Moreover, it describes how the politics of internal political exclusion are a root cause of conflict within the region.
KeywordsGreat Lake Great Lake Region Child Soldier Multiparty Democracy French Troop
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