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Monday, December 8, 2003

Now that the guns have been collected and publicly burned in a ceremony known as the "Flame of Peace," there`s music in the air in Mali. Currently part of a folk festival held at the desert oasis of Essakane, the history of the "Flame" goes back to Mali`s 1996 symbolic ceremonial bonfire. In that ritual, 3,000 firearms were burned, marking the end of a long period of violent conflict, and the beginning of peace.
While the United Nations promotes gun-burning festivals all over the world, Mali is generally regarded as the greatest success of the gun-burning movement, as a society that moved from discord to harmony when guns were destroyed. But the claims of the gun-prohibition movement about Mali do not survive careful scrutiny.

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