Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/22/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Making arms and ammo scarce leaves nation ill-prepared to defend itself

Left unprepared and under-supplied, the Somali National Army's 4th Brigade bears mute testimony to the unintended consequences of an ill-conceived attempt to control the flow of arms and ammunition to this part of Africa.

It's estimated that the average Somali soldier has 300 bullets to his name -- an amount that would be gone in three seconds in a rapid-fire situation.

It's estimated that the average Somali soldier has 300 bullets to his name -- an amount that would be gone in three seconds in a rapid-fire situation.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/22/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Somalia, arms embargo, rifles, civil war, al-Shabab


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After the Somali government collapsed and rival warlords began to tear the country apart in 1992, the United Nations imposed what was intended to be an arms embargo on the country. The embargo was intended to halt military supplies to the area and bring the fighting to a halt.

Instead, it has become abundantly clear after more than 20 years of constant civil war that the embargo catastrophically failed. When the rump of the government was struggling to hold the line against al-Shabab over the last few years, the authorities repeatedly argued that the embargo only limited them from getting the tools they needed to defeat the rebels.

The embargo was one of good intentions. What earlier passed as the national defense force in Somalia usually looked and behaved more like just another militia than a legitimate, disciplined army.

A painful reminder remains that the arms embargo patently failed to shut down the illicit trade in arms and ammunition, in particular those for rebel forces trying to seize control of the state. Weapons were freely available in Mogadishu's markets, and the war raged on for two more decades.

Negotiators are now sitting in New York trying to reach agreement on a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty places trade in weapons themselves under encouragingly tight controls.

However, the treaty shunts ammunition and spare parts to an annex with far loser restrictions. If those restrictions continue to allow a black market to flourish, the treaty fails, especially in places like Somalia.

An alarming statistic that the government has estimated is that there are four or five assault rifles to every household. If there production of AK-47s stopped today, there would still be more than enough of them to keep the conflict going for years!

But to quote aid agency Oxfam -- an assault rifle without ammunition is just a heavy metal stick.

The lesson of Somalia for the ATT negotiators is that any agreement that fails to control every aspect of the arms trade including ammunition is a wasted opportunity.

The soldiers of the Somali army's 4th Division would prefer their opponents to have a tougher time getting rounds in their magazines than they do.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Africa

'We have no room for gays and those others,' deputy president of Kenya says Watch

Image of Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and has been so since colonial British rule, which ended in 1963.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others," Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto declared at a Nairobi church congregation in the national Swahili language. Ruto says that there is "no room" for ... continue reading


Special Report: UN French Soldiers Rape African Boys in Central African Republic Watch

Image of According to a recently leaked report entitled: Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces, in order to receive food, young refugee boys in Central African Republic (CAR) were forced to let the French troops, who were working as UN peacekeepers in CAR, rape and sodomize them in the capital city Bangui.

By Obianuju Ekeocha

African nations have been under severe pressure to fall in line and submit to the rainbow flag of the LGBT campaigns. Many of our African leaders have been harassed, embarrassed , threatened and even punished for refusing the virulent LGBT propaganda that is ... continue reading


Hundreds of hostages freed from Boko Haram captivity Watch

Image of An acknowledged Boko Haram stronghold, the liberated hostages from the Sambisa forest are not the 200 girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok last year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The tide may have turned for the Nigerian military n its ongoing battle with terror group Boko Haram. Army officials say that nearly 300 women and girls have been rescued after a successful offensive. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Troops have this ... continue reading


Obianuju Ekeocha Files Special Report From Nigeria: Protecting God's Gifts of Life and Family Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha is an African woman, living and working in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. She is also the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of a Culture of Life in Africa  through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education. She has written several articles including the

By Ms Obianuju Ekeocha and Most Reverend Emmanuel Badejo

In response to the encroaching Culture of Death, the increasing violation of the sanctity of human life around the world, and in line with Pope Francis' call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Catholic Bishops, priests, religious ... continue reading


Diabolical new ISIS video shows two groups of Christians brutally executed Watch

Image of The video depicts two groups of men, one in orange jumpsuits and the other in black, being killed at different locations in Libya.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a malefic new Islamist State video, two separate groups of Christians are seen being led bound before being executed. The victims are thought to be Ethiopian Christians killed in Libya. The terror network's media arm, al-Furqan Media video is entitled "Until ... continue reading


Islamic State may have trouble infiltrating Morocco. Six jihadists detained for plotting terrorist attacks Watch

Image of A U.S. Marine and a Moroccan army soldier train together, part of a growing number of programs where Western militaries conduct drills with African nations in order to help them combat Islamic jihadists.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

At least six members of a terrorist cell that had ties to the Islamic State were arrested in Morocco, Moroccan authorities announced on Monday. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This cell was planing attacks on behalf of the Islamic State, and apparently had ... continue reading


Archaeologists amazingly uncover potential oldest tools in the world Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The oldest tools known to man was created about to 3.4 million years ago. Recent findings stated that the tools found at the archaeological site, Lomekwi 3, in Kenya are even older than the tools believed to be the oldest, about 2.6 years older. The findings were ... continue reading


At least 2,000 girls and women kidnapped by Boko Haram for illicit purposes Watch

Image of Protesters in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

By Emma Farge and Alex Whiting, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. DAKAR/LONDON ... continue reading


#BringBackOurGirls: One year since the massive Boko Haram kidnapping and 219 Chibok schoolgirls are still missing Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were horrifically kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok by Boko Haram. Exactly one year later, the whereabouts of 219 of those young girls remains unknown. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since Boko Haram severely ... continue reading


Satellite images show Boko Haram's horrible handiwork as town wiped from Earth Watch

Image of Since the start of 2014, there has been at least 300 raids and attacks carried out by Boko Haram against civilians.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Satellite images reveal the horrible handiwork of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. The armed militants wiped Bama, a city in northern Nigeria from the face of the Earth. Stories are emerging of women and elderly persons being burned alive in their own ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 15:1-6
1 Then some men came down from Judaea and taught the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
1 [Song of Ascents Of David] I rejoiced that they ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:1-8
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 6th, 2015 Image

Bl. Edward Jones
May 6: Blessed Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton, Martyrs Edward Jones ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter