n African Security Review - Jumping the gun? Reflections on armed violence in Papua New Guinea : feature
|Article Title||Jumping the gun? Reflections on armed violence in Papua New Guinea : feature|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||African Security Review|
|Author||Nicole Haley and Robert Muggah|
|Publication Date||Jan 2006|
|Pages||38 - 56|
Firearms have played a significant role in exacerbating invidious forms of violence in Papua New Guinea. Victimisation rates in the National Capital District (NCD) are amongst the highest in the world. Port Moresby, the country's largest and fastest growing urban centre, accounts for some 34 per cent of all nationally reported crimes, despite accounting for only 5 per cent of the country's population. The Southern Highlands Province (SHP) is also rife with violent armed conflict. This feature reports on the findings from an armed violence assessment administered in NCD and SHP by the Small Arms Survey with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This assessment yields a number of critical and counter-intuitive findings that take issue with the conventional wisdom concerning armed violence in Papua New Guinea and should influence prospective interventions to mitigate insecurity and reduce arms availability and demand.
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