The Afar people are among the hard hit peoples that are facing current socio-political crises in the Horn of Africa. They have been victims of almost all ideological and territorial conflicts in the Horn of Africa, which resulted in their division and subjugation in three states. Regardless of their state belonging, the past and the ongoing interstate and intrastate conflicts has tarnished the social and economic aspects of the Afar people. They are marginalized and oppressed not because of they instigate conflicts but they happen to occupy geopolitically significant region. So far, no state has considered the issue of Afar people in more holistic approach to keeping peace beyond their military and security priorities. The issues of governance, democratic legitimacy, social inclusion and economic equity, if properly treated might enable the Afar people to play a more constructive role in peace making and conflict resolution in the region. Therefore, the purpose of 2012 conference is to elucidate “The Role of the Afar people in Peace Building and Development in the Horn of Africa”.
Scholars, civil society organizations, state representatives, opposition political organizations, Afar Women and Afar Diaspora are expected to share their perspectives on the conference theme. The discussion will be focused on evaluating the current situation and develop action plans that engage all the stakeholders in the region including the international community.
Details are at: http://www.afarforum.com/AF2012%20anoun ... evised.pdf