Experts Warn of Massive Arms Flow from Europe to Africa
Sounding the Alarm
"In addition to terrorists, smaller armed groups regularly clash on the continent, for example over natural resources, farms and mines. Even these armed groups are now acquiring European weapons. The escalating conflict over the control of gold mines in northern Chad and Niger is particularly dangerous. And the shadow hub for arms transfers suddenly turns out to be Algeria," he said.
"In Chad, for example, and in the Tibesti Region, weapons reach everyone. Some people carry them under the pretext of self-defence. The arms trade is also active in Congo, Nigeria and the delta region. The risk of more armed clashes, coups and a general surge in violence and instability is too great. Mafias, gangs and criminal groups in a number of Sahel countries have already received several arms shipments from Europe, and this could soon lead to further conflicts," he explained.