Recent data from Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) coupled with records from Care4Calais shed light on the acute dangers that many asylum seekers coming to the UK face in their homelands.
In August 2023, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,877 deaths and injuries from 576 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 63% (1,801) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
Of the 3,793 migrants detected crossing the English channel in small boats, 63% (2,380) come from countries which were among the fifteen worst impacted for civilian casualties from the use of explosive weapons in 2022.
A new study reveals that the global death toll from armed conflicts reached 237,000 in 2022, the highest level since the Rwanda genocide in 1994, due to escalating violence in Ukraine and Ethiopia.
Data on costs associated with Defence Loan Service Personnel to 85 countries, including human rights priority nations, reveal global cost of up to £40m in 2022.
In 2022, AOAV recorded 31,273 deaths and injuries as a result of the use of explosive weapons around the world. Civilians continued to suffer disproportionately, accounting for 66% of total casualties, with 20,793 civilian deaths and injuries.
AOAV recorded an 83% increase in civilian casualties of explosive weapon use in 2022.
On Wednesday 09 Nov, a drone strike hit an OLA vehicle in Mendi. The strike killed at least 20 civilians.
In October 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,726 deaths and injuries from 548 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 69% (2,560) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
On Saturday 18 June, gunmen suspected to belong to the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) attacked villages in Gimbi, Wollega. Local witnesses suggest that between 260 and 320 civilians were killed.