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The rise in gun crime in urban areas of Northern Kenya

Illegal small arms have been a common feature of cattle raiding, resource conflict and retaliatory attacks in the wide open spaces of northern Kenya for the last 20 years. However the use of guns for criminal activities in urban areas has not been so common until recently. The dramatic rise in urban gun crime in northern Kenya is a serious concern. The urban areas of northern Kenya are rapidly expanding and gun use in this environment potentially puts a lot more people at risk than traditional conflicts which tend to involve specific groups and occur intermittently. In the space of just two years robberies in the town of Isiolo have gone from being mostly undertaken without guns to armed ... Continue Reading