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Slums and guns in Bamako: what’s driving the illegal weapon trade in Mali’s capital city

By Oluwole Ojewale, Regional Coordinator, Institute for Security Studies
As west Africa urbanises, many cities have become interconnected through trade, travel and technology, and crime has increased in complexity and scope. The proliferation of arms in west African cities, especially in the aftermath of conflicts in Libya (2011) and Mali (2012), has added to these challenges in Bamako, Mali’s capital.

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