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Ghana's home-made guns

In search of the blacksmiths who produce 200,000 illegal guns a year
Skilled rural blacksmiths in Ghana are producing 200,000 illegal guns every year. They cost as little as US$9 and contribute to armed robberies and organised crime.  BBC Africa’s Sulley Lansah set himself the challenge of interviewing a gunsmith.

Image: Ghanaian gunsmith in an improvised workshop in the bush
Credit: BBC
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Inside Ghana's illegal arms trade
Unlicensed blacksmiths in Ghana are estimated to produce up to 200,000 guns every year.