With its white beaches and mangrove forests, Cap Skirring in Senegal’s Atlantic Coast would make a perfect summer getaway. But armed conflict in the 1990s between the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) rebels and the Senegalese army negatively affected tourism in the area, according to IRIN Africa. This has led to several hotels closing their doors.
However, since peace has been restored following an accord between the MFDC and the Senegalese government in 2004, tourism is still having difficulties recovering from years of conflict. In 2008, Senegal’s tourism minister national tourism minister said government will give loans to hotel-owners who were forced to close their establishments when violence caused tourists to flee, and have not been able to reopen them, reported IRIN Africa.