First of all a Happy New Year to all of you - knowing that for some this is not yet a new year, as calendars differ, and so does the beginning of a new year.

With the upcoming World Social Forum in Nairobi (see events below), the focus of this issue of co-update is on Africa. The situation in Eritrea has been highlighted in this newsletter before, and again we need to bring attention to an appalling situation. The escalation of the nearby violent conflict in Somalia has also implications for recruitment, not only of children.

However, we close this issue with the good news of the abolition of conscription in Morocco.

Andreas Speck


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