Beyond Ukraine: since 24 February 2022, non-state actors have caused 70% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in populated areas

While Europe’s media hones in on the devastating conflict in Ukraine, parallel conflicts involving state and non-state actors go under-reported and forgotten. AOAV’s data shows that, as Ukraine burns, the world is still on fire – and civilians still suffer the brunt of explosive violence everywhere.

At Least Four Killed and Seven Injured in Al Shabaab Suicide Attack at Site of Upcoming Somali Presidential Elections

At least four people were killed and seven injured in a suicide attack near Mogadishu airport, on Wednesday 11 May 2022. Two security personnel are amongst the dead. The attack took place at the site of Somalia’s upcoming presidential election, which is to be held on Sunday. 

At Least 30 Burundian Soldiers Killed in Al Shabaab Attack on Peacekeeping Base, Somalia

Early on Tuesday 03 May, Al Shabaab forces overran a Burundian African Union (AU) peacekeeper’s base in Middle Shabelle, Somalia. Three civilians were killed, as well as 30 soldiers. A further 22 soldiers were injured.

Explosive Violence in March 2022

In March 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,856 deaths and injuries from 216 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 73% (2,074) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

The impact of explosive weapons on children in Somalia

The east African country has been named among the top 10 most dangerous countries in conflict to be a child. This report explores the scale of explosive violence in recent years, as well as its impact on the lived experience of children.

UK arms exports to Somalia

Somalia: Country overview Somalia is located in the Horn of Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya and has an estimated population of 15 million. Somalia has been subject to years of political unrest and widespread violence, leading to serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, extreme levels of […]

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, […]

Explosive Alert: Issue One (1-14 January 2014)

Every day civilians are killed and injured by explosive weapons, either the rockets and air-dropped bombs of a conventional military, or an improvised explosive device (IED). Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records the incidents of explosive violence as they happen around the world. Using English-language media sources, AOAV collects data on attacks, including on the […]

Top 100: The most influential journalists covering armed violence

From besieged cities in Syria to American street-corners, and countless other places in between, armed violence continues to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people a year. It fundamentally reshapes the world we live in. Yet for a vast number of people, violence and conflict are abstractions far removed from their daily realities. […]

In focus: Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa, General-Director of the Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention

Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa is a General-Director of the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention. He has an extensive experience on social research and has conducted several researches including Conflict Analysis in Sool and Sanaag regions of Somalia (for CARE International) and Social Action Research on Drought and Climate Change in Somaliland (for ActionAid International). AOAV: What […]

Tony Birtley

Tony Birtley is a reporter for Al Jazeera. During his 30 year career, Birtley has covered conflicts in Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia and Bosnia, amongst others. In 1993 Birtley was the only journalist to report from the besieged Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in Bosnia, and in 2007 was the only international correspondent to enter […]

Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson is Istanbul bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor, and covers the Middle East from Istanbul, Turkey. Peterson joined The Monitor in 1996 as the Moscow bureau chief, during which time he covered events from Algiers to Beirut to Tehran, as well as Russia and Central Asia. In 1999, he travelled with the […]