oa Focus on Arms in Africa - German contribution to Small Arms Controls
Experts estimate that more than 100 conflicts in the past decade, many of them in Africa, left more than five million people dead. In addition 200 000 deaths were caused by small and medium sized firearms without being conflict related. The weapons are mainly "left-overs" of conflicts, leading to misuse and illegal trafficking. Unfortunately, they are used in all kinds of civil violence or criminal behaviour and lead even to the reignition of conflicts. Against this background Germany supports the ISS programme "The Control and Management of Arms".
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