Monday 21 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Thirteen people have been killed in a town in Central African Republic, a local doctor said Sunday, as the toll from sectarian violence that has sparked fears of genocide continued to rise. The clashes took place in Bria, in the centre of the country 450 kilometres (280 miles) from the capital Bangui, between a majority Muslim rebel group and a predominantly Christian militia called the anti-Balaka. "Thirteen bodies were found on Saturday after violent fighting between self-defence forces and parts of Abdoulaye Hissene's FPRC," Michel Ambapo told AFP, referring respectively to the anti-Balaka and a faction of the rebel coalition known as the Seleka. "At least 20 wounded were admitted to hospital, most of them...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/17)
West and Central Africa is the most volatile region in the world for aid workers, accounting for more than half of attacks on humanitarians worldwide this year, aid agencies said on Friday. Worsening militant violence across the region has seen aid workers attacked on nearly 200 occasions in Central African Republic, more than 115 in Mali and about 75 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. agencies and humanitarian groups said. "The deteriorating trend in these countries ... is extremely worrying," said Noel Tsekouras, regional representative for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "Our staff and volunteers too often risk their own lives when coming...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/17)
Jonas Ngobo can still clearly see the bloodshed and devastation left when rebels attacked a Red Cross health centre in the Central African Republic where he worked. "I was among the dead and injured", the 54-year-old Ngobo said. Six of his colleagues died in the violence in the southern town of Gambo, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, when members of a group called the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) invaded the facility. The UPC...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Aid groups have called on the United Nations to take "immediate action" in the Central African Republic, saying the conflict-wracked nation is "teetering on the brink of catastrophe". In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and published Tuesday, six humanitarian organisations expressed their "grave concern about the rapid deterioration of the security situation" in the country. We "request your office take immediate action to prevent the country collapsing into another full-blown conflict", the letter said, adding that "at least 821 civilians have been killed since the start of the year."
(RFI(EN) 08/16/17)
Central Africans fleeing the violence sometimes get caught up in it. Ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka militias abduct, rape, steal and kill people trying to get across the border to the safety of Chad. Read more at: http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20170816-while-fleeing-central-african-republic-...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people uprooted by violence in Central African Republic are taking refuge in a hospital after armed groups looted and burned a camp for the displaced, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. At least 10,000 people are staying on the grounds of the hospital in the town of Batangafo - 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital Bangui - nearly two weeks after fighting broke out between rival groups, according...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Six Red Cross workers were killed last week amid violent clashes in southern Central African Republic, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Wednesday in an updated toll. The bloodshed occurred last Thursday at a health centre in Gambo, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from the town of Bangassou, where nine peacekeepers have been killed since early May, it said in a statement. The organisation on Tuesday gave a toll of three dead among its local staff, and said...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
DAKAR (Reuters) - Six Red Cross volunteers were killed in an attack on a health center in southeast Central African Republic on August 3, the aid organization said in a statement on Wednesday. Civilians and medical staff may also have been killed in the attack, by unknown assailants, the Red Cross said, adding that more details were not yet available. Militia violence has intensified in southeast Central African Republic this year, including attacks on peacekeepers and aid workers, prompting fears...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced "shameful" attacks on Christians in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), calling for an end to "all hate and violence". "I have been profoundly saddened by the massacre last Sunday in Nigeria, inside a church, where innocent people were killed," the pontiff said at the end of his weekly public audience at the Vatican. "And sadly this morning we have news of violence in the Central African Republic against Christian communities. "I hope all forms of hate and violence will cease and such shameful crimes in places of worship, where the faithful are gathered to pray, will not be repeated," he added.
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Witness reports of killings in the Central African Republic, some targeting aid workers, piled up Tuesday as the UN said it saw "early signs of a genocide" in the conflict-wracked nation. At least 60 people have been killed in recent weeks in fighting between armed groups in Ngaoundaye and Batangafo in the north, Kaga-Bandoro in the centre and Alindao and Gambo to the south, witnesses have told AFP. The fighting is largely between groups on opposing sides of the brutal...
(The Associated Press 08/09/17)
Aid officials say six Red Cross volunteers have been killed in Central African Republic, the third deadly attack on the group in the country this year. Antoine Mbao-Bogo, president of the Central African Red Cross, said Wednesday he was "appalled" by news of the killings in the southeast. The circumstances of the attack were not clear, according to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Red Cross says the volunteers were in Mbomou prefecture attending a crisis meeting...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Renewed clashes in the Central African Republic are early warning signs of genocide, the UN aid chief said Monday, calling for more troops and police to beef up the UN peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn country. Some 180,000 people have been driven from their homes this year, bringing the total number of displaced in the Central African Republic to well over half a million, said Stephen O'Brien. "The early warning signs of genocide are there," O'Brien told a UN meeting...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(APA 08/01/17)
APA-Bangui (Central African Republic) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Monday held several meetings with the Central African authorities to discuss the security deadlock in the country against the backdrop of the deadly attacks targeting the UN peacekeepers. The first meeting of the UN official was with CAR’s Foreign minister Charles Armel Doubane, the leaders of civil society movements, Prime Minister Simplice Mathieu Sarandji and the first deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Aurelien Simplice Zingas. Lacroix will end his tour with a series of meetings with the diplomatic corps accredited in CAR...
(APA 08/01/17)
The Cameroonian government on Monday announced that a contingent of 339 gendarmes will be deployed in the Central African Republic later this week. The gendarmes will contribute to stabilizing the CAR, a country riven by violence, targeting personnel of the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for the Stabilization of CAR (MINUSCA). According to Cameroon’s Secretary of State for Defense (SED), the security officers with support from the United States, under the project "International Police Peacekeeping Operation Support" (IPPOS), were trained on...

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