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Conflict in the Solomon Islands

In 1998, the army took over the government in the Solomon Islands. There were no longer any laws or any police.

In 2000, a peace agreement was signed. Harold Keke, from the rebel group Guadalcanal Liberation Front, didn't sign it. This armed group terrorised villages. They also fought with other rebel groups. The people living in the Solomon Islands suffered. Many had to flee their villages and had nowhere to live.

In 2003 New Zealand and Australia sent peacekeeping forces to the Solomon Islands. Harold Keke surrendered. There is still some fighting, but slowly the country is becoming peaceful. Many people still have no homes to return to.