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Alpers, Philip. 2005 ‘Guns and the Pacific.’ Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From arrows to assault weapons in the Southern Highlands, p. 32. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July
The 20 nations of the south-western Pacific are no strangers to small arms.
During the Second World War, island states in the region were home to thousands of armed troops and suffered many bloody conflicts. More recently, small arms have reappeared as vectors of human-rights abuse, death, and injury in PNG, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and even Australia.
Unlike its neighbours in South-East and South Asia, the region is not afflicted with large-scale trafficking. Yet the Pacific experience demonstrates how deeply even a small number of small arms can damage small communities.