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Source: Conflict Trends, 2016
Author(s): Elise Must and Siri Aas Rustad
Topics: Conflict Causes, Extractive Resources, Governance, Livelihoods
Tanzania has remained remarkably peaceful despite being characterized as a high conflict risk country. Recent natural gas discoveries led to waves of protests and riots and loss of civilian lives in a region never before marked by any political unrest. The mobilization was fuelled by local perceptions of injustice and unfair treatment, which in turn was linked to years of neglect, a strong local identity, and broken expectations about the benefits arising from resource extraction. The case is relevant to other emerging petroleum producing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.