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90 percent of wars since 1945 occurred in poor countries

Since World War II, 90% of the conflicts in the world have taken place in poor countries.

This fact was revealed in research carried out by Caritas-Italy, in collaboration with the magazines Famiglia Cristiana and Il Regno. It included the scientific input of F. Strazzari and G. Giacomello of the Fiesole University Institute.

The innocent have paid the greatest price of wars, the data show. Between 1990 and 2000 alone, two million children were killed.

Since 1945, wars have left close to 27 million civilians dead and produced 35 million refugees.

In the 1990s there were 56 wars (armed conflicts with more than 1,000 dead) in 44 countries. Most were civil upheavals for control of the government or territory.

The study will be published within the next few months. A meeting on the study was held yesterday at Famiglia Cristiana headquarters in Rome. Monsignor Benito Cocchi, president of Caritas-Italy, was scheduled to attend.