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Armed and Aimless

Armed Groups, Guns, and Human Security in the ECOWAS Region

Edited by Nicolas Florquin and Eric G. Berman, May 2005

The 410-page book provides detailed information on more than 35 armed groups that have destabilized the 15 ECOWAS member states since 1998, and explores important related themes through 6 field-based case study chapters, including:

 

 

 

 

  

  • Armed Groups and Conflict in Rivers and Plateau States, Nigeria
  • Insurgency, Disarmament, and Insecurity in Northern Mali, 1990–2004
  • The Anatomy of Ghana’s Secret Arms Industry
  • Disarming Liberia: Progress and Pitfalls
  • The Militarization and Demilitarization of Refugee Camps in Guinea
  • Children Associated with Fighting Forces and Small Arms in the Mano River Union 

   

  • Full report in English
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  • Preliminary pages - Table of contents - Foreword by Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas - About the authors - Acknowledgements
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Part I: Thematic Chapters

  • Armed Groups and Conflict in Rivers and Plateau States, Nigeria,
    by Shedrack Gaya Best and Dimieari Von Kemedi
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  • Insurgency, Disarmament, and Insecurity in Northern Mali, 1990-2004 ,
    by Nicolas Florquin and Stéphanie Pézard
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  • The Anatomy of Ghana's Secret Arms Industry,
    by Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
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  • Disarming Liberia: Progress and Pitfalls
    by Ryan Nichols
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  • The Militarization and Demilitarization of Refugee Camps in Guinea
    by James Milner
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  • Children Associated with Fighting Forces (CAFF) and Small Arms in the Mano River Union (MRU)
    by Christina Wille
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  • Annexe: Reporting Form A
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  • Annexe: Reporting Form B
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Part II: Armed Groups and Small Arms in ECOWAS Member States (1998-2004)

By Eric G. Berman and Nicolas Florquin

  • Côte d'Ivoire - Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire (MPCI) - Ivorian Popular Movement for the Greater West (MPIGO) - Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP) - Forces nouvelles - Group of Patriots for Peace (GPP/CPP/FLN) - Front for the Security of the Centre-West (FSCO) - Front for the Liberation of the Great West (FLGO) - "Young Patriots" (FESCI/UPLTCI/COJEP) - Liberian mercenaries (Lima/MODEL)
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  • Gambia - Green Boys
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  • Guinea - Guinean dissidents/Movement of the Democratic Forces of Guinea (RFDG) - Young Volunteers
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  • Guinea-Bissau - Military junta/Mané followers
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  • Liberia - Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) - Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) - Former Government of Liberia (GoL) militias
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  • Niger - Tuareg and Toubou rebel groups - Arab and Peulh self-defence militias
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  • Nigeria - O'odua People's Congress (OPC) - Arewa People's Congress (APC) - Onitsha Traders Association (OTA) - Bakassi Boys (AVS/AVS/IVS/ASMATA Boys) - Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities (FNDIC) - Egbesu Boys of Africa (EBA) - Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF) - Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV) - Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF) - Hisbah groups - Zamfara State Vigilante Service (ZSVS) - Al-Sunna Wal Jamma (Followers of the Prophet) (also known as 'Taleban')
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  • Senegal - Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC)
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  • Sierra Leone - Revolutionary United Front (RUF) - Civil Defence Force (CDF) - Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) - West Side Boys (WSB)
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