The Unquantifiable Effects of Small Arms and Light Weapons Proliferation in Africa

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(Photo/Twitter) Armed conflicts have been Africa’s biggest challenge for decades. Since the early 2000s, there has been a steady rise in organized crimes, ethnoreligious and political violence across the continent. The unending menace has forced an increase in the military expenditure of the affected countries and drastically drain resources. Despite efforts by foreign and local stakeholders, the situation worsens with more militia and terrorist groups springing up in struggles for resource controls and political power. The proliferation of arms is a major factor fueling these crises, as non-state actors have easy access to small arms and light weapons used in unleashing mayhem across the continent, leading to wanton killings, forced migration and reckless destructions of properties.