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Gonzales, Gustavo K, Danae Pauli and Martina Bacigalupo. 2010 ‘Small Arms Control.’ Burundi Report: 2008 Towards 2010, pp. 20-21. Geneva: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 1 August
Small Arms Control
Controlling the circulation and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) is an essential part of curbing violence and rebuilding a safe environment. Burundi, with almost a third of its border a short distance from the shores of the Democratic Republic of Congo across Lake Tanganyika, is particularly vulnerable to the proliferation and circulation of illegal arms among civilians.
In 2008 alone, more than 1,500 incidences involving arms and explosives occurred across the country, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths and more than 1,200 injuries.
Reducing the number of civilian-owned small arms is an obvious and important focus area in a post-conflict context such as that of Burundi, directly impacting personal security…