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 […]

AOAV tackles small arms proliferation in Sierra Leone

Today is day four of the BMS5 of the Programme of Action for Small Arms and Light Weapons. States are scheduled to continue discussing several points on the agenda, including stockpile management and the implementation of the international tracing instrument. AOAV tackles weapons proliferation in Sierra Leone by helping the Government improve stockpile management, supporting […]

Sierra Leone launches weapons marking and registration programme

Last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members […]

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 […]

AOAV helps illicit gun producers on the path towards legitimacy

Worldwide, firearms contribute towards approximately 60% of all violent deaths in non-conflict settings. In Sierra Leone, more than ten years after the end of the country’s brutal civil war, firearm ownership is relatively limited.  Yet when guns are fired, the impact is often deadly. A national survey on armed violence in Sierra Leone, produced by […]

AOAV provides government of Sierra Leone with weapon marking equipment

In an event attended by representatives from the Sierra Leone Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SLeNCSA), the Sierra Leone Government and AOAV, two marking machines were handed to the Sierra Leone Government to aid them in the registering of all arms in the country. With the adoption of the Sierra Leone Arms and […]

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 […]

Remy Ourdan

Remy Ourdan is a French journalist who is a deputy editor of newspaper Le Monde. In 1992 Ourdan began as a reporter in Sarajevo, and covered the siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian war for four years. In the Balkans, he also covered the Kosovo war and Serbia after the fall of Slobodan Milosevic. In Africa, […]

New report: Insecurity and violence persist in Sierra Leone

Despite achieving significant progress on peace and stability in the decade following the civil war, insecurity and violence still persist in Sierra Leone. This was confirmed by our latest report that represents findings of a 2012 nationwide baseline assessment of armed violence in Sierra Leone. The survey shows that interpersonal violence, e.g. fights, threats, intimidation, assault and beatings, […]

Brenda Hollis

Brenda Hollis Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone Brenda Hollis is Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a court set up jointly between the UN and the Government of Sierra Leone to prosecute those most responsible for crimes committed during the civil war. In 2012 Charles Taylor became the first Head […]