Small & Light Arms Awareness

Small & Light Arms Awareness Workshop in Borame implemented by Nagaad

The uncontrolled movement and use of these weapons have brought destruction, insecurity, and trans-border crimes.

Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) play a crucial role in violence in almost every conflict happening/happened in Somaliland, and are responsible for the majority of direct conflict deaths in the sub-region. This is particularly due to their features: they are simple and portable, have a long durability, low cost, and are widely available for the military, the police, faction or clan militias, and even ordinary civilians. The uncontrolled movement and use of these weapons have brought destruction, insecurity, and trans-border crimes.

This Project is designed to improve public awareness on the linkages between SALW and security, including economic insecurity; youth, education and employment; women and children; crime and corruption; safety and security; post-conflict economic development; armed violence, social violence and intolerance; gender based violence and natural resources. Also, to increase in public awareness about national efforts to regulate the use of SALW, particularly, the Small Arms Control Act. That is to inform the population about the campaign, the legal framework behind it and the details of the planned registration and logistics for safely handing over SALW to the authorities, and to encourage them to voluntarily surrender register their Small Arms, and also to voluntarily surrender all illicit SALW they have in their house.

The aim of this project is to raise the awareness and knowledge of Somaliland communities on both the damage of the SALW and the legislative and institutional aspects of the fight against the illicit accumulation and trafficking of firearms with the view to foster the establishment of National control system based on the Small Arms Control Act.