Sunday, 30 August 2015

Photo exhibition “A CALL FOR ARMS” in Berlin

On the occasion of the Open Day of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, BICC will be showing the photo exhibition “A CALL FOR ARMS – Community Security and Arms Control in Darfur” in the “Blue Hall” (Blaue Halle) at the Foreign Office on 29 and 30 August 2015.

The region of Darfur, Sudan, is roughly the size of France. In past decades, crises and violent conflict have prevented the population from settling in peace. According to the United Nations, approximately 2.7 million people have fled, and an estimated 230,000 people have died in the course of a civil war that has been ongoing since 2003. The causes of the conflict are complex and multi-faceted. Aside from political disputes, conflicts have often arisen over access to land and pasture, and in regard to the exploitation of natural resources on the local level.

People's yearning for life in peace is great. The marking and registration of small arms and light weapons is a first step towards the control of weapons that bring suffering and destruction. Such topics lie at the very heart of the work of the peace and conflict research institute BICC. On behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office, BICC offers technical advice and support to local and national small arms control efforts, particularly in West Darfur.

In its work, BICC supports co-operation between weapons registering committees, traditional community leaders, and the area offices of the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC). It is due to such co-operation that more and more community members are willing to have their weapons registered and marked.

The photo exhibition “A CALL FOR ARMS: Community Security and Arms Control in Darfur” documents this complex process. The photographer Nikhil Acharya has been working as a BICC Technical Advisor in Sudan since 2013.

BICC will also show the video documentary “A Call for Arms-Community Security and Arms control in Darfur” during the Open Day of the Foreign Office (Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin). Nikhil Acharya will demonstrate a dot-peen marking machine that marks the weapons as part of the registration process of small arms in Darfur.

Flyer of the exhibition (in German)

Flyer of the exhibition (in English)


Christoph Fabis (German Federal Foreign Office), Wolf-Christian Paes (BICC), Thomas Göbel (German Federal Foreign Office) (f.l.t.r.)

Nikhil Acharya (BICC) answering questions to interested visitors

Nikhil Acharya (BICC) and the mascot of the Open Day the "Maus"

Nikhil Acharya (BICC) explaining the dot-peen marking machine to an interested child