Andrew O Otieno
Uzima University, KenyaFulltext PDF
Conflicts have different effects on people some of which are negative and some are positive. Although most people believe that conflicts usually involve some actual physical force being directly directed at a people or a country, it is not always so. This has been demonstrated by the current COVID-19 pandemic in which an infectious disease has affected the whole world in a way that was never envisioned. The results of this pandemic has been reflected in many sectors of the society including the economic, physical, social, educational, households and even family cohesion. The education sector has been seriously impacted with closure of schools and others being to adopt learning models that had not been prepared for. Many families have endured the effects of domestic violence, gender based violence leading to increased teenage pregnancies, loss of earnings and jobs, massive layoffs by many companies, restricted movements and socialization that has psychologically affected many people. These effects may impact on different countries for many years to come bringing into for other conflicts for example the deterioration of relationships between the superpowers like China and the United States. Therefore the world must be prepared to deal with some unforeseen conflicts some of which may directly lead to violent confrontations among countries. Conflict negotiators must therefore be prepared to play even a bigger role in the near future long after the COVID-19 epidemic would have been brought under control.
COVID-19; COVID; Coronavirus; Coronavirus disease 2019
Otieno AO. Analysis and Synthesis of the Effects of Different Types of Conflicts on People and the Relationships among Them. Int J Fam Med Prim Care. 2020; 1(5): 1023.