East Africa: IANSA members welcome the new Republic of South Sudan

On 9 July, the Republic of South Sudan celebrated its independence. The Southern Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) has been active ahead of the day raising awareness about the need for viable procedures of disarmament and measures to reduce gun violence in the new state. Ochieng Adala of the Africa Peace Forum, Kenya, welcomed the new state and its peaceful transition into nationhood, particularly given the history of violent struggle for self-determination which has resulted in an influx of small arms and an estimated 2.5 million people killed. He said, “The Government of South Sudan faces an uphill task in addressing the problem of the proliferation of illicit small arms. The Africa Peace Forum looks forward to establishing working relations with emerging civil society organisations in South Sudan to address the menace of illicit small arms and light weapons in this sub-region”.