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AOAV meets the victims of a massive depot explosion in Congo-Brazzaville


On the morning of 4 March 2012, a series of explosions at a large ammunition depot rocked a densely-populated neighbourhood in Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of Congo.

The Red Cross said that at least 292 people died in the blast, while initial figures for the number of people injured was well over 2,000.

Homes, schools, and businesses were destroyed up to 1km away from the blasts’ epicentre and thousands of families were displaced. Explosive weapons stored in poorly-managed and unsecured stockpiles present a significant risk to civilians, especially when they are stored in populated areas.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) visited the battered city shortly after these explosions,  meeting the victims and investigating the cause behind this catastrophe. Research for this case study was carried out in March 2012 by Simon Conway, former Director of Landmine Action (now AOAV).

Full publication: Case study: Explosive Violence Rep of Congo

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