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Farah, Ibrahim, Aisha Ahmad and Daud Omar. 2006 ‘Modes of Transfer.’ Controlling Small Arms in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region: Supporting Implementation of the Nairobi Declaration, p. 61. Waterloo, ON: Africa Peace Forum / Project Ploughshares. 1 January

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Modes of Transfer

Arms brought from Somalia into Kenya over short distances are commonly smuggled as regular goods. For example, in October 2004 police in Elwak impounded five revolvers, 25 American pistols, and rounds of ammunition packed in five-litre jerry cans disguised as milk and honey. Women and children are known to strap weapons to their bodies or pack animals, because on-person searches at the border are too time-consuming for police.

Weapons are also smuggled on transporters and donkey carts, which regularly transport normal goods between the three districts, as well as through local … dealers. Long-distance transit of SALW caches uses larger carriers such as wheat transport vehicles travelling from Mandera to Mombassa and Nairobi, buses, lorries, miraa vehicles, and long-distance livestock trackers.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

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