Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: Covid-19 and ’Silencing the Guns’

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'As the devastating health and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world, the impact of the crisis on peace and security in Africa and more specifically on the African Union’s (AU) Silencing the guns initiative, is beginning to emerge.

Navigational Tools: What We Learned from Mapping Illicit Small Arms Flows in Africa

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'A woman and a child carrying a bag of onions crossed into the Central African Republic (CAR) from Cameroon on 27 April, 2014. Inside the bag, buried among the onions, was a box of shotgun ammunition intended for anti-Balaka militia — groups of vigilante units known to have committed a number of atrocities, including carrying out attacks on UN peacekeepers. CAR customs officials along with the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) seized and documented the ammunition...'