Gendered patterns in explosive violence: a policy brief on understanding the impact of explosive weapons on women

New research uncovers how societal norms and women’s empowerment influence the disproportionate impact of explosive violence on women in conflict zones, challenging assumptions of gender-neutrality in armed conflicts.

Wikileaks’s Iraq War Logs: Bodies of mutilated civilians dumped across Baghdad

The war logs reveal extensive violence in Iraq from 2004 to 2009, including tens of thousands of civilian murders, horrific torture methods, and mass graves, often targeting those associated with Coalition forces.

Tragedy Strikes Khartoum Market as Explosive Attack Claims Dozens of Lives

At least 35 individuals lost their lives and more than 60 were injured as an explosive attack devastated a crowded market in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

Explosive Violence in June 2023

In June 2023, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,671 deaths and injuries from 537 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 67% (1,798) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Khartoum: 14 killed and 217 injured in shelling between Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces during struggle for control of police headquarters, 25 June.

At least 14 civilians were killed and 217 injured during a battle for control of the Central Reserve Police headquarters in Khartoum.

UK arms exports to Yemen (2012-2022)

This report examines the UK arms export to Yemen 2012-2022

UK arms exports to the Central African Republic

Central African Republic: Country overview The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked nation in Central Africa, bordering Chad, South Sudan, Cameroon and Congo, with an estimated population of 4.5 million. The CAR’s political framework is that of a semi-presidential republic, where the president is head of state and the prime minister is the head of […]

UK arms exports to South Sudan

South Sudan: Country overview The Republic of South Sudan is a landlocked nation in East-Central Africa, neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DRC and CAR. It has an estimated population of 7-10 million and is the world’s newest country, gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 in a bid to end Africa’s longest-running civil war. A new civil war, […]

UK arms exports to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Country overview Located in the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Sri Lanka hosts of a population of 21 million. With a unitary semi-presidential constitutional government, Sri Lanka is ruled by both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The country has been plagued with a decades-long civil war between two ethnic groups: […]

UK arms exports to Syria

Syria: Country overview The Syrian Arab Republic is bordered by Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon, and has an population that stands at an estimated 21 million people. Since 2011, the country has found itself in a brutal civil war, one begun during mass public demonstrations that demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. That […]

UK arms exports to Yemen

Yemen: Country overview The Republic of Yemen, located in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula and bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman, has an estimated population of 27,5 million. The country is relatively new, established in 1990 after a unification of southern and northern Yemen. Abdullah Saleh had ruled the country since its independence, but […]

In focus: AOAV’s Burundi programme director on the challenges of her work

Julie Claveau joined AOAV in June 2013 and specialises in peace-building in Burundi. She previously worked with Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo implementing armed violence reduction and humanitarian mine action projects. In a nutshell, what’s your job? I’ll be supervising and growing the programme in Burundi. Currently, we have two branches […]