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Youths chastise African leaders.

African leaders are not doing enough to stop conflicts and crises in Africa, said two-thirds of the nearly 86,000 youths surveyed in a recent mobile-based poll conducted in nine African countries.

Using a messaging tool called U-Report, the short survey was sent to 1.4 million mobile users in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Central African Republic, Senegal, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Guinea, from 18 May to 1 June 2016.

When asked why Africa is more prone to conflict than other regions, 56% of respondents believed that "politicians fighting for power" is the main reason while 19% said "inequality", 17% said "poverty" and 4% said "access to food and water".

What can leaders do to stop conflicts? Nearly a quarter of respondents (24%) said a "strong economy" was needed while 20% believe African countries should be more independent in their "foreign policy".

Fully 19% said investing in "good education" was key, while 14% suggested that they should "talk to each other", 10% said "talk to other country" and 9% said "security".

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Title Annotation:BEHIND THE SCENES
Publication:New African
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Jul 1, 2016
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