The Casamance region, one of Senegal’s most beautiful areas, has been troubled by a separatist movement the last 18 years. In the past three months fighting has intensified, with ambushes of civilians, but a surprise peace accord was signed Mar. 16 with the hope that it will point the way to a peaceful future. It’s not clear if all rebel factions support the pact, but it appears to be a good first step.