Tuesday 19 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/16/17)
Simmering unrest and clashes in the chronically unstable Central African Republic has led a "record number" of 1.1 million people -- about a fourth of the population -- to flee their homes, the UN said Friday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Andrej Mahecic said the actual numbers could be far higher. "The number of refugees may be much more because thousands of people find themselves in remote and often inaccessible areas," it said in a statement, saying that about 167,000 people had fled to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. There were 513,676 refugees in neighbouring countries and about 600,000 internally displaced people in a country with a population of 4.5 million, it said. Between...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/15/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A record number of people - more than 1.1 million - have been uprooted in Central African Republic by spiraling violence between armed groups which threatens to plunge the country back into full-blown conflict, the United Nations said on Friday. A surge in militia fighting in several hotspots since May has driven the number of people seeking refuge in neighboring nations to more than 500,000, while about 600,000 are displaced within the country, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said. This represents the highest number of people forced from their homes since the conflict erupted in 2013, when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted the president, provoking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka militias, according to UNHCR...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
Central African Republic president Faustin-Archange Touadera sacked his defense minister on Tuesday evening, according to a state radio broadcast, amid growing violence that threatens to spin the country out of control. The dismissal of Levy Yakete, who was blacklisted by a United Nations Security Council committee in 2014 for his role in a bloody 2013 civil war, was part of a wider Cabinet reshuffle. The statement did not say if his dismissal was related directly to growing violence. Thousands have...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
At least 25 people in the Central African Republic have been killed in recent sectarian clashes between armed groups, while a new wave of thousands have been made homeless by the violence, the UN said Tuesday. In the central city of Bria, preliminary estimates indicate "at least 10 bodies and about 50 wounded" after fighting between two rival factions of an armed group on September 7 and 8, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in...
(APA 09/13/17)
APA - Bangui (Central African Republic) - Central African Republic’s (CAR) Prime Minister, Simplice Mathieu Sarandji, has on Tuesday formed a new cabinet comprising of 34 members, adding 11 new ministers. The new government includes some members of the armed groups and five women. The Minister of Defense, Joseph Yakité; Minister of Waters and Forests, Arlette Sombo Dibellet; Minister of Health, Fernande Djengbot; Minister of Communication, Charles Lemasset Mandja and Minister of Public Service and Labor, Moussa Haroun were left...
(APA 09/13/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - A new contingent of 1030 Cameroonian soldiers have recently joined the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), APA learned on Tuesday from the ministry of Defence (MINDEF). The new contingent is the fourth battalion of its kind deployed in CAR in a bid to beef up the ranks of their peacekeeping colleagues already in the country. Handing the national flag to the contingent, Cameroon’s minister of Defence (MINDEF) Joseph Beti Assomo...
(Voice of America 09/11/17)
GENEVA — The head of United Nations peacekeeping says rising ethnic tensions in Central African Republic are likely to spur greater conflict between the Muslim and Christian communities unless action is taken to defuse the situation. U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix says ethnic hate speech is running in parallel with an increase in violence in the Central African Republic. And, he says, he finds this very worrisome. “We are seeing a surge in very negative messages, very negative antagonistic rhetoric to the effect that ‘foreigners should be eliminated.’ Sort of putting one ethnic component or religious component...
(The Associated Press 09/11/17)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Rebels in a volatile region of Central African Republic are raping women and killing their male relatives in a “horrific surge” of violence that is now clearly along sectarian lines, Amnesty International warned Friday. The human rights organization interviewed dozens of survivors in Basse-Kotto prefecture in the country's east, where a rebel group known as the UPC has carried out waves of attacks. The rebels are considered an offshoot of the mostly Muslim rebel coalition known as...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
At least eight people, including civilians, were killed and 29 injured in the latest bout of growing sectarian unrest in the Central African Republic which has prompted warnings of genocide, the UN said Wednesday. "Over the past week, there were several reports of clashes" around the central town of Bria, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) north east of the capital Bangui, the UN's humanitarian affairs coordination office (OCHA) said. "There are reports of at least eight deaths, including civilians, and...
(AFP (eng) 08/23/17)
United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council Tuesday there are early signs of genocide in the violence-plagued Central African Republic, according to diplomats. O'Brien made his remarks in a closed-door meeting -- which was not on the official council agenda and was called for by France -- following his recent visit to the country, one of the diplomats told AFP. The aid chief's warning echoed what he said earlier this month, when he told a UN meeting...
(The Associated Press 08/23/17)
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said Tuesday he saw "the early warnings of genocide" during a recent visit to Central African Republic, which has faced sectarian fighting since 2013. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that "there's a terrible development of militias now using ethnic or religious" reasons for attacks. He spoke with AP after briefing the U.N. Security Council on his trip behind closed doors at the request of France. During a visit...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Dw-World 08/22/17)
The government of the Central Africa Republic plans to hold further peace talks with rebel factions. But rights group, Human Rights Watch, wants rebel leaders to be held accountable for war crimes. Fresh deadly clashes hit several areas of the Central African Republic this week as international alarm grows over the spread of violence in the deeply troubled country. The clashes involved the majority Muslim rebel group Seleka and a predominantly Christian group Anti-balaka. In a letter addressed to the...
(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...
(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-...
(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) 08/09/17)
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...
(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...
(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 07/28/17)
APA-Kampala (Uganda) - The Central Africa Republic (CAR) government has thanked President Yoweri Museveni and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) for helping secure their country and fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. In a note to President Museveni, Mr Ghislain Dieu Beni Kolengo, the Governor of the Upper Mbomu province, one of the 14 provinces (prefectures) of the CAR, said UPDF operations had “reduced the atrocities of the notorious LRA which had regressed us considerably”. Writing on behalf of...

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