Africa Amnesty Month - a Call to Surrender Illegal Guns

September is the AU-designated month when civilians in possession of illegally-owned weapons are urged to hand them in to authorities without facing arrest or prosecution. Ivor Richard Fung, Deputy Chief of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, says the role the UN is playing is to launch a project in seven African countries - Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Kenya, that include a campaign to sensitize people on the dangers of illicit trafficking in small arms, and to involve them, especially those who are bearing weapons illegally, to come forward and surrender them.

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