Saturday 20 January 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 11/23/13)
(Reuters) - The number of child soldiers in Central African Republic has more than doubled to as many as 6,000 in recent months as self-defense militia have sprung up to counter waves of attacks by former rebels, the United Nations said on Friday. World powers, led by France, are scrambling to contain a crisis that Paris and U.N. officials have warned could lead to genocide in Central African Republic, which slipped into chaos after rebels ousted the president in March. Some 400,000 people have fled their homes since the uprising and the tit-for-tat killings that followed. UNICEF, the U.N.'s children's agency, warned of a complex crisis that has seen local communities set up self-defense groups to halt abuses by the...
(Voice of America 11/23/13)
BOSSANGOA, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — In October, Dofio Rodriguez fled the town of Bossangoa, roughly 300 kilometers northwest of the capital, Bangui, after seeing his country's new security forces — a loose band of ex-rebels who go by the name "Seleka”, or alliance — slit his brother's throat at the local police station, then throw his body into a river. He says they shot dead another three family members on the road south near Benzambe, prompting him to seek safety in the village of Bopilette, some 25 kilometers outside of town. Then in early November, Rodriguez says a group of armed men arrived late one night, crept into the bushes and re-emerged the following morning to fire indiscriminately at villagers...
(Bloomberg 11/23/13)
UBS AG (UBSN), the world’s biggest wealth manager, is targeting millionaire clients in oil-rich Nigeria and Angola as Swiss rival Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) withdraws from some African markets. “The amount of people on the continent that fall within our wealth-management bracket is increasing every day,” Sean Bennett, the Johannesburg-based managing director of UBS in sub-Saharan Africa, said in a Nov. 20 interview. “There’s still tons of opportunities still relatively untapped.” UBS is vying with Swiss banks from Julius Baer Group Ltd. to Pictet & Cie. for emerging market millionaires as a global crackdown on tax evasion forces European and American clients to withdraw funds. While Bennett sees potential to woo super-rich customers in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/13)
GENEVA, November 22, 2013 (AFP) - Warring militias have enlisted up to 6,000 child soldiers in the Central African Republic, a senior UN official said Friday, issuing a stark warning about the country's spiralling crisis. "Roughly today, we're talking about 5,000-6,000 children, so the number has roughly doubled from our previous estimate," made in March, said Souleymane Diabate, UNICEF's representative in the country. The UN children's agency has repeatedly sounded the alarm about the way in which youngsters are being forced into the arms of a raft of groups in the conflict-ravaged nation. The European Union added its voice Friday, expressing "very deep concern at the alarming situation" and the prospect that the crisis could worsen if communal and religious...
(Voice of America 11/22/13)
WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia said the president has been in touch with fugitive warlord Joseph Kony, and that Kony is ready to surrender. U.S. special forces have been assisting African soldiers in hunting for Kony, the head of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army. Despite the recent reports, U.S. officials have questioned whether Kony is in fact ready to lay down his arms. Kony's Lord's Resistance Army waged a brutal guerrilla war against Uganda's government for nearly 20 years before fleeing into central Africa around 2005. The group's atrocities were summarized during a Wednesday briefing by Jeffrey Delaurentis, a U.S. special policy representative. "Since its founding more than a quarter of a century ago,...
(Sudan Tribune 11/22/13)
Kampala — Uganda's military on Thursday welcomed reports of negotiations on possible surrender of the leader of the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA) but cautioned it will not be able to protect the rebel leader from prosecution by the International Criminal court (ICC). Media reports have quoted officials from Central Africa Republic (CAR) as saying they are in contact with the rebel leaders who they say is in bad health and wants assurance over his security after surrendering. The AFP news agency quoted CAR President, Michel Djotodia saying that his government was in negotiations with Kony. "Joseph Kony wants to come out of the bush. We are negotiating with him." Kony and his senior commanders were indicted by The Hague...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/13)
GENEVA Fri Nov 22, 2013--- (Reuters) - The number of child soldiers in Central African Republic has more than doubled to as many as 6,000 in recent months as self-defense militia have sprung up to counter waves of attacks by former rebels, the United Nations said on Friday. World powers, led by France, are scrambling to contain a crisis that Paris and U.N. officials have warned could lead to genocide in Central African Republic, which slipped into chaos after rebels ousted the president in March. Some 400,000 people have fled their homes since the uprising and the tit-for-tat killings that followed. UNICEF, the U.N.'s children's agency, warned of a complex crisis that has seen local communities set up self-defense groups...
(Voice of America 11/22/13)
BANGUI — A power vacuum and the total absence of law and order in the vast, sparsely populated Central African Republic could be luring terror groups from across Africa. A senior United Nations official says there are indications that Nigeria’s Boko Haram is on the ground. Carved out by colonialism and marred by coups since independence in 1960, the broken heart of Africa has received little attention from the outside except from former ruler France, diamond dealers, big game hunters and cross-border rebel groups. Experts say all the elements exist to attract militants who are looking to set up shop, hide, or hijack the country's increasingly sectarian conflict that has seen Muslims and Christians turn against one another for the...
(The Guardian 11/22/13)
Joseph Kony, leader of the much depleted Lord's Resistance Army, has avoided capture by moving through jungle and desert terrain. The Central African Republic has held talks with the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men, urging him to surrender after eight years on the run in the bush of east Africa. The negotiations between Kony and Michel Djotodia, the interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), are the first official contact with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) led by Kony, since a round of doomed peace talks in 2008; then the Ugandan government failed to reach an agreement with Kony, who feared he would be turned over to the International Criminal Court to satisfy...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/13)
BANGUI, November 22, 2013 (AFP) - The Central African president insisted Friday he was negotiating with Joseph Kony after Washington rubbished claims the wanted Ugandan militia boss was personally involved in any talks. Michel Djotodia is in contact with Kony, one of the world's most elusive war criminals, over the fate of the children and women enslaved by his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), presidency spokesman Guy-Simplice Kodegue said. Kony has been wanted since 2005 by the International Criminal Court for a raft of crimes against humanity -- including rape, murder, sexual enslavement and child enlistment -- that have earned him a reputation as one of the most brutal rebel leaders in recent history. The 50-year-old's health is believed to have...
(AL Jazeera 11/22/13)
The Central African Republic's president has said he is in contact with Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted war criminals, to negotiate his surrender. Michel Djotodia told political leaders in the capital Bangui that Kony, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity, was ready to end the rebellion, according to the AFP news agency. "It's true, Joseph Kony wants to come out of the bush. We are negotiating with him," Djotodia said. "He asked for food supplies and the government took care of that," said Djotodia, whose country has been sliding into lawlessness since he seized power in a coup earlier this year. Djotodia's comments confirmed claims by...
(BBC News Africa 11/22/13)
US officials have cast doubt on reports that Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony is negotiating his surrender in the Central African Republic (CAR). A US State Department official told the BBC that some rebels had been in contact but Kony was not among them. However, CAR officials later insisted that Kony, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, has been in talks with their government. The US has offered up to $5m (£3.3m) for leads resulting in his arrest. Kony founded the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda more than 20 years ago, and his fighters are notorious for abducting children to serve as sex slaves and child soldiers. We have been here before. There were even better prospects...
(Voice of America 11/22/13)
WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia said the president has been in touch with fugitive warlord Joseph Kony, and that Kony is ready to surrender. U.S. special forces have been assisting African soldiers in hunting for Kony, the head of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army. Despite the recent reports, U.S. officials have questioned whether Kony is in fact ready to lay down his arms. Kony's Lord's Resistance Army waged a brutal guerrilla war against Uganda's government for nearly 20 years before fleeing into central Africa around 2005. The group's atrocities were summarized during a Wednesday briefing by Jeffrey Delaurentis, a U.S. special policy representative. "Since its founding more than a quarter of a century ago,...
(AL Jazeera 11/22/13)
The third Africa-Arab summit has concluded with leaders expressing their commitment to tackling terrorism and a call for closer economic cooperation.The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah, host of this year's event, said on Wednesday, “we have a long way and hard work ahead, requiring doubled efforts, and vigorous follow up, to match the high expectations and various challenges." The Kuwait Declaration presented at the end of the two-day summit said "the leaders call for stronger ties to combat terrorism by criminalising ransom payments to terrorists and confronting transnational crime." The declaration also called for accelerating economic integration in the Arab world, which includes oil-rich Gulf States and investment-thirsty African states. Kuwait, the largest investor from the...
(Voice of America 11/22/13)
A study conducted by Results for Development Institute (R4D), revealed that out-of-school children of primary age significantly impact the economic growth of developing countries. The Washington-based NGO conducted the study in response to what they said is a worrying trend in global education. They found that there are 57 million children of primary school age who are not enrolled – with most living in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Milan Thomas, a program associate for R4D, stated although promising strides have been made in reducing the number of out of school children, progress has slowed down in recent years. “The benefits associated with primary education are really undisputed at this point because there are countless studies showing that children who...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/13)
PARIS Thu Nov 21, 2013---(Reuters) - France said on Thursday that Central African Republic was "on the verge of genocide" and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene. Central African Republic, a landlocked nation of 4.6 million people, has slid into chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Seleka leader Michel Djotodia, installed as interim president, has lost control of his loose coalition of warlords. About 100 people died in fighting between Seleka and Christian militias in September, and thousands of villagers fled renewed clashes this week. Attacks on magistrates in the capital Bangui have fuelled concern about lawlessness...
(Voice of America 11/21/13)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia has dispatched special envoys to neighboring countries to make a plea for assistance in stabilizing the country. Lawlessness has been spiraling out of control since Djotodia and his Seleka rebels seized power in March. CAR envoy Idriss Salao visited Cameroon just after armed men from his country crossed the border and fought with forces in Cameroon resulting in seven deaths. On a his mission to Cameroon, Idriss Salao, Minister and Deputy Director of the Civil Cabinet, said the situation in his Central African Republic is getting worse. Speaking to VOA after his meeting with Cameroon Prime Minister Philemon Yang, Salao said his transitional government needs help not only from African Union...
(Gurtong Net 11/21/13)
(Reuters) - Kony, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, waged a brutal guerrilla war against Ugandan government in the north of the country for nearly two decades, before fleeing with his fighters into the jungles of central Africa around 2005. A 5,000-strong African Union Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 U.S. Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. "The current military pressure has kept the LRA, including its leader Joseph Kony, on the run," the AU's special envoy on the LRA, Francisco Madeira, told...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/13)
PARIS, November 21, 2013 (AFP) - World alarm grew over the Central African Republic on Thursday, when France joined a chorus warning of possible genocide in the mineral-rich but poor country torn by strife since a March coup. France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned that the CAR was "on the verge of genocide", while the United Nations has mooted sending thousands of peacekeepers to the landlocked nation, where unprecedented sectarian bloodshed has erupted. In parts of the CAR, fighting has broken out between mainly Muslim former rebels who seized power in March and militia groups set up to protect Christian communities, which make up about 80 percent of the population. Both churches and mosques have been razed to the ground...
(UN.org 11/21/13)
In a report presented to the Security Council today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's envoy to Central Africa, the UN chief called on the international community to provide the resources needed to combat the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a violent armed group undermining stability in the region. "I regret that very little donor assistance has been provided in this regard," he told the Security Council in a report presented by his Special Representative for the region, noting that it has been a year since he first called for international support for a five-point strategy aimed at eliminating the threat posed by the LRA in several African countries. "I reiterate my call on the international community to support ongoing efforts...

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