AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor

AOAV is the leading NGO in the world collating global data on the burden of explosive weapons on civilians. With a focus towards ending the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas, we monitor the use of all forms of explosive weapons around the world. These include manufactured types, such as rockets, artillery shells and aircraft bombs, as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Our findings are highlighted in the reports below.

AOAV’s monitoring project, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on who has been killed and injured by incidents of explosive violence. Between 2011 and 2016 we have seen an almost 48% rise in civilian deaths and injuries around the world as a result of explosive violence.

In 2016, AOAV recorded 45,624 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence around the world. Of these, 70% were civilians (32,088). In 2015, AOAV recorded 43,786 total deaths and casualties as a result of explosive violence around the world. Of these, 76% were civilians (33,307).  In 2014, AOAV recorded 41,847 total deaths and casualties as a result of explosive violence around the world. Of these, 78% were civilians (32,662). In 2013, AOAV recorded 37,809 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence. Of these, 82% were civilians (31,076). In 2012, AOAV recorded 34,758 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence. Of these,78% were civilians (27,025). In 2011, AOAV recorded 30,127 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence. Of these, 71% were civilians (21,499).

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AOAV is a founding member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). We believe, as our data clearly shows, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas tends to cause severe harm to individuals and communities. We believe that this suffering can and should be reduced so that unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented.