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Pézard, Stéphanie and Nicolas Florquin. 2007 ‘Borders with the DRC, Rwanda, and Tanzania.’ Small Arms in Burundi: Disarming the Civilian Population in Peacetime, pp. 21-22. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva / Ligue Iteka. 1 August
Borders with the DRC, Rwanda, and Tanzania
The illegal importing of arms into Burundi seems to have declined since the political situation stabilized and trafficking became less lucrative. There are, however, good reasons to think that the trade has only slowed down, and that the networks which allowed large quantities of arms to enter Burundi during the civil war still exist.
Interviews carried out in 2004 with the Burundi security and legal services show that arms held illegally come mainly from the DRC and from Tanzania. In the same study, interviews carried out among the civilian population in the provinces of Bujumbura Rural, Cibitoke, and Bubanza show that nearly a third of people interviewed who admitted to having owned an arm during the last five years said that they bought it in a neighbouring country.
The arms themselves came mainly from the DRC, Tanzania, and Rwanda. 26% of respondents said that they bought their ammunition in a neighbouring country, mainly the DRC and Rwanda.
[DRC = Democratic Republic of the Congo]