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09 Sep 2011 description

We begin by extending our condolences to Mimidoo Achakpa of the IANSA Women's Network - Nigeria following the death of her son Charles Lubem Abaagu. He was shot and killed by armed robbers in a car-jacking on 4 September 2011. Our deep sympathy goes out to Mimidoo and family and friends.

Please send your message of solidarity to communication@iansa.org, and we will forward it to Mimidoo.

24 Apr 2009 description

IANSA members in the Great Lakes region have expressed serious concerns over disarmament initiatives in Burundi and DRC this week.

Around 21,000 combatants from the Burundian rebel group the FNL (Forces for National Liberation) are participating in a DDR scheme, after their leader surrendered his uniform and AK-47 to African Union troops. Although some combatants will be integrated into the police and army or be eligible for small business bursaries, most will return to civilian life with just $80.

14 Oct 2008 description

The Congolese national army has exhibited items recovered from a gun battle on 7 October in North Kivu, claiming they offer "irrefutable proof" that Rwandan Defence Forces are fighting alongside rebel commander Laurent Nkunda. The items include health insurance documents form the Rwandan Ministry of Defence, firearm storage equipment with the official seal of the Rwandan Defence Forces and R4 and AK-47 rifles, which the Congolese army says it does not possess.

08 Aug 2008 description

Concerns are rising over the threat of renewed conflict between the government and rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a BBC report reveals that both sides are re-arming in the east of the country.

It is reported that the government has flown six plane-loads of ammunition and arms into the city of Goma, despite the signing of a peace agreement with rebel forces in January 2008. Meanwhile, rebel leader General Nkunda of the National Congress for the Defence of the Congolese (CNDP) is believed to be recruiting new troops beyond the boundaries of DRC in Rwanda and Burundi.

11 Oct 2007 description

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For the first time, IANSA, Oxfam, and Safeworld have estimated the economic cost of armed conflict to Africa's development. Around $300bn since 1990 has been lost by Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.

This sum is equivalent to international aid from major donors in the same period.

09 Jan 2006 description

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'There are so many weapons here that each person makes his own law. There is practically complete impunity. Anyone who holds a weapon has authority over anyone and can threaten anyone.'