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Fueling Africa's turmoil

May 27, 2006

Eboe Hutchful, professor of African Studies at Wayne State University and chair of the African Security Sector Network, says youth unemployment in most of Africa is "horrific" which pushes many young men who see no alternative to offering their services to whoever wants to hire them to fight. In Africa, he says, demand is catching up with supply as a fundamental factor in the floodtide of arms sweeping the continent. "Eradicating the demand may be even more difficult than getting rid of the supply," Hutchful says. "In some African countries guns are now part of the culture. You have to have a personal weapon," he said.