“It’s actually civilians that are targeted”- Dr Matthew Spreadbury on Delivering Emergency Trauma Response in Myanmar

Dr Matthew Spreadbury is a surgery resident currently living and working in Norway. Here, he shares with us his experiences working as a surgeon in Myanmar, performing emergency and trauma response interventions for civilians injured by explosive weapons in Karenni State. He shares a story of pain and catastrophic human impact, but also of hope.

Four years of harm: Explosive Violence Monitor 2011-2014

A terrible cost for civilians Data collected by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that at least 112,000 civilians have been reported as killed or injured by explosive weapons in the last four years. Download the infographic here Between 2011 and 2014, AOAV has recorded a total of 144,545 deaths and injuries from the use […]

Explosive violence in July 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In July 2015, AOAV recorded 4,990 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 76% of […]

Explosive violence in May 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In May 2015, AOAV recorded a total of 3,696 deaths and injuries from […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Ground-launched weapons

Ground-launched explosive weapons Ground-launched explosive weapons were responsible for 8,088 civilian casualties in 2014 (25% of the total recorded). 90% of casualties were civilians. This is higher than the proportion recorded from IED attacks (85%), and aerial attacks (61%). Mortars caused 3,000 civilian casualties in 15 countries. This is a 53% increase from 2013. Six […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Key Findings

Introduction “Ultimately, civilians in Syria, Gaza, Israel, Afghanistan, Libya, eastern Ukraine and other conflict hotspots pay the price when the shells aimed at military targets end up hitting homes, hospitals and schools. This simply has to stop. These explosive weapons are designed for open battlefields, not built-up urban areas […] This is not about the […]

Civilian casualty levels in Afghanistan at their worst for five years

Civilian deaths and injuries last year were at their highest since 2009, says the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were violently killed or injured last year. Earlier this week, UNAMA released its annual report on the situation of civilians in the armed conflict. The report monitors civilian casualties […]

Iraq to stop shelling civilian areas, says PM

Iraq’s Prime Minister has called on the country’s armed forces to stop shelling populated areas as they seek to recapture territory lost to Islamic State militants, known as Isis. Speaking at a conference for the thousands of Iraqis who have been forcibly displaced in the wave of violence that has swept the country this year, […]

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties from mortars and crossfire at unprecedented levels, says UN

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have climbed 24% in the first six months of the year, driven in large part by a spike in fighting with large and often inaccurate explosive weapons like mortars. For the first time since 2009 these clashes were the main cause of civilian casualties (deaths and injuries) in the country. The […]

A state of anarchy: Amnesty condemn reckless shelling of eastern Libya

Libyan armed forces and armed groups must immediately stop the reckless shelling of populated areas, Amnesty International said today. The last few weeks has seen heavy clashes erupt in eastern Libya, particularly in and around the flashpoint city of Benghazi. Forces affiliated with a renegade former general Khalifa Haftar have been bombing militia camps with […]

Explosive violence in May 2014

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]

AOAV cited in new UN report

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas is one of the biggest protection concerns facing humanitarians, the United Nations say in a new report. This week the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is meeting in New York to debate efforts to strengthen the coordination of humanitarian assistance in countries such as Syria and its neighbours, […]