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Children shooting children

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This paper aims to explain how small arms and light weapons (SALW) proliferation leads to extreme violence by children using guns against other children, a shocking indictment on the failure of governments to ensure strict control of such weapons. The paper will draw on examples from different countries where such incidents have occurred. It will focus on cases relating to school shootings, child soldiers, cartel violence and gangs. When analysing these cases, it is important to keep in mind the complex duality involving children being both, perpetrators and victims. Finally, this paper will make recommendations on possible measures to prevent and reduce such SALW violence by children.

This paper is a collaboration between IPIS and IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms)

Ce document a été produit avec l’aide financière de la Direction générale de la coopération au développement et de l’aide humanitaire belge (DGD). Le contenu de ce document relève de la seule responsabilité d’IPIS et ne peut en aucun cas être considéré comme reflétant la position de la Coopération belge au développement.

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