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Demetriou, Spyros, Robert Muggah and Ian Biddle. 2002 ‘Key findings: Global Estimate of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in RoC.’ Small Arms Availability, Trade and Impacts in the Republic of Congo; Special Report No. 2, p. v. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva / International Organisation for Migration / UN Development. 1 April

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Key findings: Global Estimate of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in RoC
[Republic of Congo]

Between 1993 and 1999 an estimated 74,000 weapons were acquired by the militias. Of these, 24,500 were looted or distributed from pre-1993 military and police holdings, while 49,500 were acquired from outside the country.

In contrast, projections based on estimated militia force levels and patterns of weapons distribution yield an estimated 69,000 weapons in the possession of militias. Taking the average of these two figures yields a working global estimate of 71,500 weapons that were acquired or possessed.

Adjusting this figure for weapons discarded or destroyed (20 per cent) and the 16,000 weapons collected to date - 28 per cent of the total - yields an estimated 41,000 weapons currently in circulation.

ID: Q5144

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