Peace in the Third World? The Case of Angola

Peace in the Third World? The Case of Angola

Last September, while in Angola as an election observer, I met a young soldier in the Angolan army named Raul. Sporting green fatigues and an AK-47, he told me that he was on duty even though it was his birthday. He was one of four brothers, the only one not killed in a war that has gone on since 1975. He had planned to study engineering, he told me, but had been drafted at eighteen. Now, seven years older and about to face an uncertain future as a civilian, the young soldier had nothing to show for his service but a weapon and a uniform.

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