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Kenya: Availability of Firearms Exacerbating Insecurity

IRIN (UN News)

7 August 2008

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NAIROBI —…

In Garissa, Ijara, Tana River and Wajir Districts, a peace-building project, whereby pastoralists receive 20 goats for every gun surrendered, is ongoing.

"The number of goats being offered is enough to compensate for the money paid to buy the guns," Yusuf, one of the beneficiaries, said. A goat sells for between KSh700 (US$12) and KSh2,000 ($33) while an AK-47 rifle sells for around $500.

Government and civic officials are optimistic that the "goats for guns" project will reduce the arms in illegal circulation. The initiative involves local community elders and has helped preempt impending revenge attacks.

So far, 19 guns have been surrendered, Tana River District commissioner Musiambo Wanyama, said. An estimated 1,000 illegal guns are in circulation…

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