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Photo Essay

A Lethal Legacy: Small Arms Flows and Communities in Urban and Rural Kenya 

In Africa, an estimated 100 million small arms and light weapons are in circulation fuelling ongoing conflict over resources in impoverished areas and exacerbating the impact of violent crime. In the slums of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, the easy availability of weaponsmany having found their way there from conflicts in other countries in the region—has contributed to an increase in violent crime. And along the border between Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda, the ongoing rivalry between the nomadic Turkana people and neighbouring pastoralist groups has grown increasingly lethal as resources diminish and deadly weaponry becomes more accessible. These photographs trace the trail of devastation left by small arms and armed violence, exemplifying global challenges.

Kinshasa-based photographer Gwenn Dubourthoumieu has received numerous awards for his compassionate portrayal of victims of conflict and violence. He regularly works with AFP (Agence France-Presse) and his work has been published in numerous magazines. He is represented by the agency MYOP Diffusion (

Having spent several years of my life in conflict areas (Somalia, Sudan, and the DRC), I have not only witnessed situations of great suffering, but also the inspiring courage often shown by the victims themselves and by humanitarian workers. Gwenn Dubourthoumieu.

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