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King, Benjamin. 2014 ‘Record-keeping and Inventory Management.’ Excess Arms in South Sudan: Security Forces and Surplus Management; Issue Brief No. 6, pp. 8-9. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 April

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As at mid-2013, national holdings data were incomplete, which means there was no full national stockpile inventory. National authorities lacked the records needed to determine how many firearms were in the possession of national, state, or local security forces.(23)

There was, however, an inventory of recently imported firearms. In 2010, the Ministry of the Interior imported 40,500 Russian-manufactured AKMs from Ukraine (Small Arms Survey, 2012, p. 4). More than 30,000 were designated for the SSNPS [South Sudanese National Police Service] and the others were distributed among the security services coming under the aegis of the Ministry of the Interior. Before being issued, each firearm was marked with the name of its destined state and security force (for example, firearms designated for the Police Head Quarters in Juba would be marked with SSPS HQ - see Image 5) (Bevan and King, 2013, p. 19).

Records for each firearm were registered at the time of marking. The manufacturer's serial number plus the import markings were recorded for every firearm.(24) These records were listed in a Microsoft Word document (Bevan and King, 2013, p. 28), a printed copy of which was kept at the national level and in each state. These records are incomplete, however, and do not constitute a national inventory. Previous holdings (those possessed by the security forces before the 2010 imports) are not registered in a national database and these older items remain scattered throughout the security forces' armories across the country…


23) According to a representative at UNMISS, the SSNPS logistics team, with the help of UNMISS, completed an inventory of all SSNPS assets, including all small arms. This had not been done at the time of the research. This information was learned as this Brief was being prepared for print and was not verified. Email correspondence with UNMISS employee, 11 December 2013.

24) Interview with an SSNPS logistics officer, Juba, 17 August 2012.

Bevan, James and Benjamin King. 2013. 'Making a Mark: Reporting on firearms marking in the RESCA region'. Special Report 19. April. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

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