Trafficking in the Sahel: Muzzling the illicit arms trade
Shoppers in Mali’s Gao, Timbuktu, and Ménaka regions can snap up AK-pattern assault rifles for $750 and cartridges for 70 cents apiece, from locally handcrafted pistols to smuggled French and Turkish machine guns, as a dizzying array of illegal weaponry dots market stalls across the Sahel, a 6,000-kilometre-wide belt in the middle of Africa.
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SDGs Perfectly foamed milk. A delicate butterfly enswirled atop. A bittersweet tang on the palate. A perfect cappuccino? It is beyond that. This particular cup was masterfully frothed and served by Denny, an inmate in Tangerang, a prison to the west of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, who joined a UN-supported training programme aimed at helping prisoners to re-integrate into society after serving time.
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Over the last 75 years, more than 2 million peacekeepers have served in 71 operations across myriad complex and fragile political, security, and humanitarian landscapes. These “blue helmets” are the “beating heart of our commitment to a more peaceful world”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed on 29 May.
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