According to the Small Arms Survey, around 526,000 persons are killed every year as a result of armed violence, and many more sustain injuries requiring medical and rehabilitative care that severely impacts their lives. In West Africa, the propagation of small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) escalates armed conflicts and affects the security and the stability of the entire Sahel region.
Pezier, Sonia and Larsen, Jean-Denis
"Armed Violence Reduction in Central Mali: A Community-based Approach,"
The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 20
, Article 12.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol20/iss2/12