Psychosocial recovery in the aftermath of war: Liberia’s ex-combatants

  For over a decade at the end of the 20th century, Liberia suffered a succession of violent armed conflicts which claimed between 150,000 and 250,000 lives and displaced an estimated 1.5 million people. The United Nations estimates that 40,000 women and girls were raped and more than 38,000 children are thought to have been […]

AOAV addresses hidden psychological harm of violence

It is estimated that, every year, about 526,000 people are killed by armed violence.  But, terrible as this figure is, it is just part of a wider picture of harm. Hundreds of thousands more are left forever marked by the violent events they have suffered or witnessed.  Some are injured physically, but an untold number […]

LAVO produces fifth report on armed violence in Liberia

The Liberia Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO) recently launched its 5th report on armed violence in Liberia. The theme of the report focused on assisting development practitioners to take into account the threat that armed violence poses to development, a particularly relevant issue as policy makers consider the inclusion of peace and security indicators in the […]

AOAV monitors gun violence in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Burundi

Today is the final day of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) in New York. States have been discussing implementation of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. Coinciding with this event is the Global Week of […]

Reintegrating ex-combatants in Liberia: Abibu’s story

Abibu O.G. Corneh was captured during Liberia’s insurgency in 2000 and forced to carry a weapon. Three years after the civil war ended, Abibu and his peers were occupying the Guthrie Rubber Plantation, still following orders from wartime commanders and earning money through illicit rubber tapping. Like other war-affected young men in Liberia, he had […]

Designing for impact: Lessons from AOAV’s vocational training for vulnerable youth in Liberia

AOAV operates an innovative vocational training and rehabilitation programme model in Liberia for ex-combatants and high risk youth who pose a threat to national and regional security. In partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sport, AOAV has implemented this programme in several training sites across Liberia since 2007, enabling at-risk youth to earn incomes through […]

News from the ground: January update on AOAV’s field programmes

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) conducts field-based programming in support of its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of armed violence globally. Utilizing experience and knowledge gained from its research, policy-work, and fieldwork, AOAV conducts evidence-based programming in five countries in West, Central, and North Africa – Burundi, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Western […]

News from AOAV: 18 November 2013

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News from the ground: November update on AOAV’s field programmes

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) conducts field-based programming in support of its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of armed violence globally. Utilizing experience and knowledge gained from its research, policy-work, and fieldwork, AOAV conducts evidence-based programming in five countries in West, Central, and North Africa – Burundi, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Western […]

Countries in crisis: a new approach to rebuilding the future

Around the world, 1.5 billion people live in a place affected by conflict or violence, waiting, often for decades, for something more than a temporary respite from death and destruction. A definite end to conflict, however, is difficult to achieve. While negotiated endings, such as ceasefires and peace settlements, are rightly celebrated, the history of recent conflicts, […]

Action on Armed Violence begins work with Liberian government to combat explosive weapons threat.

14 years of conflict and civil war have left Liberia with a small but significant problem of explosive remnants of war.  This contamination of the landscape by things like mortars that failed to explode or stockpiles of abandoned munitions left for years in the heat is a potential deadly legacy. Unexploded ordnance lurking in plantation […]

Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger is an American journalist who has been an international reporter for over 20 years. In 2000, his in-depth reporting on Afghanistan became the subject of the National Geographic documentary “Into the Forbidden Zone”, and his knowledge of the region made him a special correspondent for ABC News and Vanity Fair. He has also […]