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SILENCING THE GUNS IN AFRICA
SILENCING THE GUNS IN AFRICA
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At the 29th Summit of the African Union (AU) in 2017, AU Member States declared September of each year as “Africa Amnesty Month” for the surrender and collection of illicit small arms. The decision provides the basis for the voluntary hand-over of illegally held small arms by civilians under the condition of anonymity and immunity from prosecution and physical harm. The illegal possession of small arms and ammunition by non-state actors, individuals, and groups is one of the main contributing factors to armed violence that continues to plague the African continent and its people.

In the year 2020, the Government of Japan and the Federal Government of Germany funded the Africa Amnesty Month project as part of the larger African Union flagship initiative of “Silencing the Guns in Africa” throughthe United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA) as implementing partner. The project was carried out in six African States, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The aim was to conduct a Nation-wide Communication and sensitization campaigns, organize community-based policing workshops, prepare weapon collection points and proper storage and organize a public destruction. Citizens should voluntarily hand over illegally held small arms and their ammunition, increase the knowledge base on the negative effects of the illicit proliferation of small arms by promoting the full participation of women and youth resulting in sustainable peace and development in communities throughout the countries.

1. Cameroon

Launch event of the Africa Amnesty Month in Yaoundé, October 2020.

Youth Peace Caravan, Maroua, Cameroon, October 2020.

Sensitization workshop with traditional leaders in the Far North, Cameroon, December 2020.

Sensitization workshop with women in the Far North, Cameroon, December 2020

2. Côte d’Ivoire

Local sensitization mission of the COMNAT-ALPC team in Tengrela, Côte d’Ivoire, 2020.

Small arms collected in Tengrela, Boundiali and Minignan and their destruction, Côte d’Ivoire, December 2020.

3. Ethiopia

                  Launch event of the Africa Amnesty Month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 7 October 2020

Training of law enforcement on RSTS weapons record-keeping data base, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 3-5 October,2020.

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Earlier today during the launch of the September 2021 Africa Amnesty Month campaign under the AU’s Silencing the Guns Initiative by Republic of Kenya in Nairobi

Chief guest at todays #AAM launch in Nairobi is Mr Moffat Kandi - Principal Administrative Secretary representing the CS Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government - Kenya

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Happening Now: Launch of the September 2021 Africa Amnesty Month campaign under the AU’s Silencing the Guns Initiative by Republic of Kenya in Nairobi

#AUPSC devotes an Open Session on the Commemoration of the 2021 Africa Amnesty Month in the presence of AU #MSs, Reps -#RECs/#RMs;@recsasec; Special Rep. of the #UNSG & Head @UNOAU_ @HannaTetteh @ 1029th AUPSC #AfricaAmnestyMonth 4 the surrender & collection of illicit weapons

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Today during a two day workshop for the development of an action plan for RECSA-UNITAR joint resource mobilization.

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