Silencing Guns – Local Perspective on Small Arms and Armed Violence in Rural Pacific Island Communities
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Author: Small Arms Survey
January 25th, 2017
The present pilot study offers a model for a high-value, low-cost alternative to the tradition of quantitative research on armed violence, by documenting the perspectives of rural communities regarding the effects of small arms. It generates critical and policy-relevant insights into how insecurity is actually perceived and experienced in three Pacific regions: the Southern Highlands of mainland Papua New Guinea (PNG), Bougainville PNG, and the Solomon Islands. The subjective experience of insecurity is examined here in the context of existing inter-tribal conflicts (in the Southern Highlands) and in relation to the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts (in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands). Though each context is manifestly different, small arms availability is nevertheless a cause for concern in all three regions.