Battles Within Borders: The Modern Civil Wars Quiz
For a lot of Westerners, civil war is a thing of sepia-toned documentaries. But there are many ongoing conflicts in the world. Test your knowledge of a few of them here — and maybe learn a little about the story behind the headlines.
Some modern civil wars have been going for years. Name one ongoing civil war from the middle of the 20th century.
the Vietnam war
South Sudan's civil war is being fought by what ethnic groups?
the Dinka and the Tutsi
the Dinka and the Nuer
the Nuer and the Hutu
What caused the political upheaval and war in South Sudan?
The president of Sudan fired his vice president.
Since 2013, how many people are estimated to have been killed in the civil war?
What is another adverse effect of the violence in South Sudan?
The land has been burned and destroyed.
Farmers cannot plant crops.
a low birth rate
In July 2014, the United Nations warned that the food shortage could have what effect in South Sudan?
Four million people could be impacted.
Fifty thousand children could die of hunger.
How many people have been displaced in the South Sudanese conflict?
Yemen is also facing an ongoing civil war. What group is leading the insurgency?
What branch are the Houthis part of?
What are Yemeni Houthis officially referred to as?
Who did the Houthi rebels force out of office in early 2015?
Hadi is now …
back in office
living in Saudi Arabia
The political chaos has resulted in …
a growing Islamic State (IS) group presence
a growing al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) presence
The war in Yemen has left how many people displaced?
You might be familiar with the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, but do you know what group is attempting an insurgency?
Where are the Taliban now?
When did the Syrian civil war begin?
What was the focus of the initial Syrian Arab Spring protests?
President Bashar Assad's regime
Who joined forces with the Syrian government against rebels?
Who has been able to operate in a wide swath of Syrian territory?
How many people are now registered as Syrian refugees?
What proportion of the population of Syria has been either fled or internally displaced by fighting?
a quarter of the population
half the population
15 percent of the population
Where have most of the refugees gone?
How many IS fighters are estimated to be in Syria?
Libya has two different groups that claim to be what?
the leading armies
the ruling government
the president's cabinet
The General National Congress (GNC) in Libya was voted out of power but did what instead?
formed its own government in Tripoli, Libya
refused to leave
The rival Libyan government is called what?
House of Representatives
Libyan Freedom Party
The Libyan "Operation Dignity" called for …
dissolving the GNC
To counter Operation Dignity, opponents formed a group called ...
How many Libyan people have been internally displaced in the fighting and political chaos?