The Illegal Weapons Trade in Mali's Capital, Bamako


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(The Conversation) The urbanization of West Africa has led to increased interconnectivity among cities, resulting in complex and widespread crime, particularly in Bamako, Mali's capital. The proliferation of arms, especially from conflicts in Libya and Mali, poses significant challenges. A 2018 Small Arms Survey revealed that around 40% of violent deaths in Mali involved firearms.

Arms trafficking, fueled by factors such as the aftermath of conflicts and unemployment, contributes to urban violence. Transnational terrorist groups play a role in driving arms trafficking in Bamako. Addressing this issue requires an integrated approach involving state authorities, civil society, and city residents, emphasizing proactive policing, community engagement, gunsmith registration, and proper urban planning.

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Published: Monday, February 19, 2024

Last Updated: Monday, February 19, 2024

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