Ghan Ethnic Tensions, Religious, Political, And Social Problems

1153 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Background
In Ghana—like it neighbors—mechanisms such as ethnic tensions, religious, political, and social problems persist. Despite these challenges, Ghana’s post-independence era evolved peacefully without a civil war or large scale conflict. In the past three decades, Ghana develops the enhanced capability to manage conflicting and competing social interests, allowing the country to pursue a peaceful economic development trajectory and a deliberative political discourse. In spite of Ghana’s ability to avoid civil wars or large-scale violence, in the past decade, the rate at which the local media report skirmishes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen, spikes. For instance, in March 2016, a 25-year-old David, was shot dead at close range by a Fulani herdsman following brief interactions. David was tending to his groundnut (peanut) farm when a bullet seemingly from the herdsman’s long-barrel gun hit his chest. In a reprisal to David’s death, the Fulani herdsman was shot in the thigh by an indigene. The following day, a group of people responded to the killings by launching a reprisal attack which resulted in the slaughtering of about 500 cattle belonging to the Fulani herdsmen. In a separate incidence in a different community, a group of farmers was believed to have poisoned the only dam in a farming community in order to kill cattle belonging to Fulani herdsmen in the area. In a separate incidence, a group of local farmers attacked and murdered four Fulani herdsmen,…

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