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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

This book, available in English and French, 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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  • Full report in French
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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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