27/02/2015
lisa monaghan

SSANSA (2013) The Catch-22 of Security and Civilian Disarmament

This report presents the findings of a disarmament monitoring scheme that was conducted by the South
Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) in Jonglei State, from the beginning of the campaign in
March 2012 to July 2013. The purpose of the monitoring was to document the processes leading to the
surrender of weapons by civilians; the nature of arms collection; ascertain the perceptions of communities
on security implications of the disarmament exercise – and use these insights to provide recommendations
for a policy move towards conducting ‘pro-people’ civilian disarmament campaign in the state and
perhaps elsewhere in South Sudan. This report therefore, provides a descriptive review of the processes
that surrounded the state-wide campaign and presents the perceptions of the target communities on the
implications of the disarmament with emphasis on its security implications. It provides some basis for
connecting the current campaign with past disarmament exercises in the state and the prevailing community
security needs.

Category: Conflict

Sub-category: Armed Groups/Actors