in 14 years of the 'War on Terror' the US DoD issued over $40 billion worth of contracts on guns and ammo and more than 1.4 million guns sent to arm Iraq and Afghanistan forces.
5 years of data starkly reveals harm wrought by explosive violence in civilians around the world.
Global explosive violence harm to civilians rose for the fourth year running, up over 50% since 2011.
This report analyses the impact of air-dropped bombs in Yemen, mortar attacks on the Syrian-Jordanian border and multiple-rocket attacks in Ukraine.
Chad, Cameroon and France among countries impacted by the rise of suicide bomb attacks around the world.
A briefing paper by the International Network on Explosive Weapons ahead of the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians, 19 January 2016.
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) reveals its data on the global impact of explosive violence between 2011 and 2014.
A joint publication by AOAV and UN OCHA explores the impact of explosive weapons on civilians in Yemen in 2015.
Since 2011, AOAV has been recording the global harm wrought by explosive weapons on civilians. Through monitoring English language media reports, we demonstrate consistent patterns of harm arising from the use of explosive violence, in particular their effects on civilian populations. These reports are issued annually with monthly updates.
From cluster munitions to Grad rockets, the use of manufactured explosive weapons by states (and increasingly non-state actors) has had devastating impacts on civilians the world over. When planes drop bombs or artillery lets loose on populated areas, the vast majority of those killed and injured will invariably be civilians. AOAV seeks to catalogue the harm such use of force brings, and offers insight into how states can reduce the impact of such weapon use.
Over 50% of civilians killed or injured by explosive weapons in recent years have been the victims of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Almost exclusively used by non-state actors such as ISIS or the Taliban, IEDs have devastating impact on the lives of civilians the world over. From car bombs to suicide vests, road-side IEDS to booby-traps, AOAV seeks to identify the drivers and consequences of the use of such pernicious weapons.
There are almost a billion guns on the planet and about 12 billion bullets are estimated produced every single year. Such huge figures have huge consequences – small arms kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Here AOAV attempts to understand the harm wrought by guns, and offer tangible solutions in how to reduce the gun’s bloody impact on innocent lives.