Post-conflict zones: an explosive area of research
- By: Ewan Barron
Most post-conflict zones are seen as limited access areas for research, and few robust papers have been published. This is an overview of my research experience in the post-conflict environment of Liberia. It demonstrates some of the challenges faced when researching in this volatile area and addresses methods and strategies for overcoming these barriers. I hope to encourage individuals who are passionate about a subject to strive for their research and not to shy away from any challenge. Research in post-conflict zones has the potential for helping target important healthcare initiatives.
Fifty yards (55m) to my right, children play football with the shells of old hand grenades. From far in the distance, the rumble of an unexpected explosion shakes the ground where I stand, closely followed by the smell of discharged explosives sweeping by in the afternoon heat of Lofa county, Liberia. With the dangers of unexploded ordnance