In March, after U.N. Secretary-General Antόnio Guterres called for a global cease-fire amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many political analysts saw an opportunity for peace. However, the stark reality in many conflict zones today shows that, so far, that opportunity has been missed. Cease-fires are being ignored, and the politics of the pandemic have enabled violence rather than deterred it—a trend that has serious humanitarian implications. But in North Africa, the pandemic and subsequent surge in violent conflict has not stopped local actors from continuing their work, with some impressive results.
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