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23 May 2014

Three killed in Central African Republic as French troops clash with crowds

Three civilians were killed in Central African Republic on Thursday as hundreds of Muslims armed with rifles and machetes clashed with French peacekeeping troops trying to disarm members of the rebel Seleka coalition in the town of Bambari. Reuters

Central African Republic’s Seleka rebels reorganise

The Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic (CAR) says it has reorganised itself to exercise greater control over its fighters.

The government condemned the move, saying the group had seized state property in the north.

The mostly Muslim rebels have been involved in heavy fighting with mainly Christian fighters in the anti-balaka militia since March 2013. BBC News

Situation ‘Dire’  in Central  African Republic

An ongoing lack of security in the Central African Republic is among the challenges facing those who long for peace, said a relief agency staff member who recently visited the violence-ridden nation.

“Without feeling safe, people are afraid to live in their homes,” Kim Pozniak said May 21. NC Register

                                                                                                  

16 May 2014

Lust for gold fuels nascent conflict in Central African Republic

Almost everyone in the small town of Gaga in the Central African Republic is a clandestine gold miner, regardless of age or sex, but this risky livelihood may get them killed.?Swathes of the deeply poor, landlocked nation are roamed and sometimes controlled by armed groups who value gold more than they do human life and threaten artisanal mining communities, particularly if there are ethnic or religious differences. Arab News

At least 31 people killed in Central African Republic  fighting

At least 31 people, many of them civilians, were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim fighters in Central African Republic this week, a local priest and Red Cross officials said on Thursday.

Fighting broke out on Monday outside Dekoa, a town 300 km (190 miles) north of the capital Bangui, when fighters from Seleka, the mostly Muslim rebel movement that seized power last year, attacked a roadblock set up by militiamen of the Christian anti-balaka group. defenceWeb

EU force in Central African Republic at 870 in June

The European Union expects to have more than 800 troops on the ground in the Central African Republic by mid-June, where they will secure parts of the capital before handing over to a U.N. force later this year, the force’s operation commander said Tuesday. Washington Post

                                                                                                  

9 May 2014

French Fight C. African Republic Rebels in North

French forces have fought an armed group in northern Central African Republic that is blamed for killing health workers from Doctors Without Borders.

The French military announced Tuesday in a statement that its forces had battled rebels in the region of Boguila-Kota and that “numerous losses” had been inflicted Monday. ABC News

 

ICC team in Central African Republic

A team from the International Criminal Court (ICC) have arrived in war-torn Central African Republic to investigate crimes committed in the country since bloodshed broke out in 2012.

“Serious crimes have been committed since 2012 in Central Africa,” ICC head of international cooperation Amadi Bah said at a news conference in the capital Bangui on Thursday. SBS News

                                                                                                  

6 May 2014

Sudanese parliament ready to support dialogue in Central African Republic: speaker

Sudanese parliament expressed readiness to provide all the necessary support to achieve a national dialogue process in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) where lawmakers are expected to adopt a new constitution this month. Sudan Tribune

As Central African Republic crisis deepens, UN agency scales up food assistance

As the unprecedented crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to deepen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has accelerated its operations – distributing 60 per cent more food in April than in March.

“This is the highest figure so far this year,” WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva today. UN News Centre

New EU force in Central African Republic sets stability as top priority

The top priority of a new European Union peacekeeping force in Central African Republic is to restore stability in the capital, the force commander, French Major-General Philippe Ponties, told a news conference on Friday.

Thousands of people have been killed in intercommunal violence in the former French colony in recent months and close to a million have been displaced from their homes. The Globe and Mail

                                                                                                  

25 April 2014

Exclusive- Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.

Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic’s former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. Reuters

Former Muslim rebels take over town in Northern Central African Republic

Officials say Muslim rebels have taken control of a town in northern Central African Republic, causing residents to flee.

Local official Jerome Gouma said heavily armed men arrived in Bouca on Tuesday, and shooting lasted into the night. On Wednesday, he said residents didn’t dare go into the streets. CTV News

Central African Republic: “We’re passionately humanitarian”

For many long months, the Central African Red Cross Society has been doing everything it can to assist victims of the conflict and other deadly violence in the country. The work is hard and dangerous, and requires tremendous courage. Antoine Mbao-Bogo, the society’s president, explains. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

                                                                                                  

20 April 2014

Chad  Withdraws  Troops  from  Central  African  Republic

Chad announced Wednesday that it completed the pullout of its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic (CAR).

Speaking at a conference in the southern city of Sarh, Suleiman Adam, the commander of the mission, said the last Chadian peacekeeper crossed the border with the Central African Republic on April 13.

Daily Sabah

Access to medical care in Central African Republic: a major challenge for the internally displaced

“I am 6 months pregnant. I am yet to start ante-natal visits because of lack of money. During my last medical visit to the camp’s health centre, all I received as medication were a few tablets of paracetamol,” says Florence Mongai, one of thousands of women forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence in the Central African Republic.

Accessing quality health care is a huge challenge for Mongai and others like her, who now occupy small living quarters in one of the many camps set up for displaced people in Bangui. It is as much of a challenge for aid organizations which are desperately trying, under very difficult circumstances, to provide quality health care.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

 

“We try to make the violence disappear”: The challenge of teaching amid conflict

In the Central African Republic, where an already weak education system has been further set back by prolonged conflict, one teacher shows her commitment to her pupils – and her country.

UNICEF

                                                                                                  

11 April 2014

First EU peacekeeping troops arrive in CAR

The first EU troops have arrived in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui, a French army spokesman told AFP Wednesday. The Eufor troops aim to help stabilise the country, which has been torn apart by months of inter-religious violence. France 24

Central Africa clashes kill 30 as UN votes on mission

At least 30 people, mostly civilians, were killed on Tuesday in the latest clashes between mainly Christian militias and minority Muslim fighters in the central town of Dekoa, according to police. Gulf News

Q & A:  The Central African Republic’s human rights crisis

The Central African Republic is gripped by a human rights and humanitarian crisis of historic proportions. By failing to respond more robustly and urgently, the international community has shown a callous disregard for the country’s embattled civilians, abandoning them in their moment of need. Amnesty International

                                                                                                  

3 April 2014

No troops to be deployed to CAR

South Africa will not deploy troops to the war torn Central African Republic (CAR), says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula.

“Let the world hear that there isn’t enough personnel. I can certainly say that without any fear of contradiction that for now there is absolutely no intention [of deploying troops to CAR],” she said.

SA News

Mammoth EU-Africa summit tackles Central African Republic violence

African and European leaders opened crisis talks on Wednesday on the “terrifying” violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) where peacekeepers have been unable to stop a deadly spiral of Christian-Muslim strife

Business Day Live

UN chief urges action on Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged European and African nations on Wednesday to step up their efforts to end the desperate plight of the people of Central African Republic.

Mail Online

Central African Republic: A hollow promise of ‘never again’

They said the Rwandan genocide would never happen again. They were wrong. Simon Allison examines why the international community is failing the Central African Republic just as badly. It might not be a genocide yet, but whatever it is, we’re doing precious little to stop it happening.

Daily Maverick

                                                                                                  

28 March 2014

Urgent deployment of EU troops needed to quell fresh violence

The European Union (EU) must immediately put into action its plans to deploy troops to protect civilians in the Central African Republic amid a worrying new surge in violence, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International

EU’s Ashton alarmed by escalating violence in Bangui

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday sounded a strong note of alarm over the escalation of violence in recent days in the capital of the Central African Republic. Ahram Online

An Overlooked Crisis in the Central African Republic

While the world’s eyes are focusing on events in Ukraine, a small African nation is drawing less attention – despite horrific human rights abuses happening in its territory international Policy Digest

                                                                                                  

21 March 2014

Central African Republic urgently needs international help, says UN human rights Commissioner

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay appealed Thursday to the international community to turn its attention to the crisis in the Central African Republic, where deadly conflict between its Christian and Muslim populations has resulted in thousands of deaths and the displacement of almost a million people. CAR, she said, urgently needs international funding to re-establish law and order.

UPI News

The Central African Republic has become a nightmare for Muslims

Halima, a 25-year-old Muslim, could not hold back tears when we met again recently in Bossemptele, about 185 miles north of Bangui, in the Central African Republic. She was living under the protection of the Catholic Church, after the anti-balaka militia slaughtered more than 80 Muslims in Bossemptele.

Human Rights Watch

Central African Republic ACP-EU Assembly calls on UN to beef up peace-keeping efforts

The UN Security Council must authorise a UN peace-keeping mission to the Central African Republic (CAR), said MEPs and MPs from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) in Strasbourg on 19 March. They asked EU countries states to speed up preparations for the EUFOR CAR mission and pointed to the urgent need to restore social and health services and reopen schools in the country.

European Parliament News

                                                                                                  

14 March 2014

Central African Republic: Ban meets religious leaders, urges support for efforts to unite communities

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “honoured” to meet at Headquarters with three religious leaders from the Central African Republic (CAR), whom he described as a “powerful symbol of their country’s longstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence.” 

UN News Centre

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (France) Press Statement: Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his Central African Republic counterpart Toussaint Kongo Doudu

Mr. Laurent Fabius met this morning with Mr. Toussaint Kongo Doudou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and la Francophonie of the Central African Republic.

On this occasion, the two ministers reviewed the situation in the Central African Republic and the main common objectives that should make it possible to resolve the crisis:

France Diplomatie

Fewer than 1,000 Muslims left in Central African Republic capital

As the number of Muslims in Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, dwindles to an estimated 900, the head of a global alliance of churches has urged tackling the conflict from a political rather than a religious angle if the Muslim exodus is to be reversed.

“It is very unfortunate the Muslims have to flee,” said John Nduna, general secretary of the Geneva-based Action by Churches Together, or ACT International. “It is very sad this is happening.”

The Washington Post

                                                                                                  

7 March 2014

U.N  say west of Central African Republic ‘Cleansed’ of  Muslims

Most Muslims have been driven out of the western half of conflict-torn Central African Republic, where thousands of civilians risk of being killed “right before our eyes,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Thursday.

Reuters

UN recommends sending more troops to Central African Republic

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended deploying roughly 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. This follows renewed calls from the nation’s leadership to help avert a “humanitarian disaster.”

Deutsche Welle

Can Catherine Samba-Panza save the Central African Republic ?

But no chalice carries more poison than that handed to Catherine Samba-Panza in January when she became interim leader of the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the continent’s most failed and forgotten states. She must try to tame a hurricane of revenge killings between Christians and Muslims that has seen thousands flee the country and led the UN and others to warn of a potential genocide. And she only has a year to do it.

The Guardian

                                                                                                  

21 February 2014

UN Secretary General calls for additional troops in Central African Republic

The UN secretary general has called for 3,000 more peacekeepers to be deployed to the Central African Republic. UN officials have said the current force is not big enough to maintain stability in the war-torn country.

Deutsche Welle

 

The world needs to understand the scale of the crisis in the Central African Republic – before it is too late

Even as the media attention shifts from the situation in the Central African Republic, the violence grows worse. It may not be the kind of conflict that makes headlines around the world – it’s not the violence of armies facing off on a battlefield – but eyewitnesses talk of horrifying acts of brutality. Every day, people are killed; for their religious beliefs, for their money or possessions, or just because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

International Federation of Red Cross  and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Central African Republic convoy of terror

Families wanting to escape Christian militias bent on wiping out the Central African Republic’s Muslim community have been braving lynch mobs at road blocks to journey 650km (400 miles) to Cameroon.

BBC News

 

Holy war in the Central African Republic?

Christian militias in Central African Republic have been accused of committing ethnic cleansing against Muslims. And Amnesty International blames international peacekeepers for not doing enough to prevent it.

Now, thousands of frightened Muslims are leaving their homes, hoping they will be safe in neighbouring countries.

Al Jazeera

                                                                                                  

13 February 2014

France in Central Africa: The Reluctant Interventionist

Opinion: Why France did not want to be dragged into the conflict in the Central African Republic.

Al Jazeera

Central African Republic: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims

Aid groups have warned of a food crisis, as many of the shops and wholesalers were run by Muslims.

BBC

Ethnic Cleansing and Sectarian Killings in the Central African Republic

A new report by Amnesty International

France Says ‘Partition’ Must be Prevented in War-Torn Central African Republic

Rising religious violence there has prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to warn that de facto ‘partition’ between Muslims and Christians is a real risk.

Euronews

                                                                                                  

09 February 2014

Man Lynched in Central African Republic, Court Plans Investigation

An angry crowd killed and mutilated a man who fell from a truck filled with Muslims fleeing the capital of Central African Republic on Friday, witnesses said, while an international court said it would investigate alleged crimes committed there.

Reuters

 

Central African Republic: Deadly Clashes Erupt in Capital

A weekend of violence and looting in the Central African capital has left at least 11 people reported dead, including two Muslims who were gruesomely lynched and an MP gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

The Telegraph

                                                                                                  

03 February 2014

Central African Republic Names New Prime Minister

Central African Republic’s new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza has named Andre Nzapayeke, a former official of the African Development Bank, as prime minister.

Reuters

 

‘Fearful’ CAR Rebels Escape from AU Custody

About 200 rebel fighters in the Central African Republic (CAR) who surrendered to African Union (AU) troops at the weekend in the town of Sibut have fled.

Business Day

 

                                                                                                  

26 January 2014

Central African Republic MPs Elect Catherine Samba-Panza

Bangui mayor Catherine Samba-Panza, 59, has been elected interim president of the Central African Republic, making her the first woman to hold the post.

BBC

 

CAR Ex-Minister Hacked to Death with Machetes

A Muslim former minister, Joseph Kalit,  has been hacked to death by machete-wielding men in the capital as clashes escalated a day after interim President Catherine Samba-Panza took office.

Al Jazeera

                                                                                                  

20 January 2014

EU, UN Call for More Assistance for Central African Republic

In addition, the EU foreign ministers are planning to back a peacekeeping operation, designed to support French troops already in the Central African Republic. The EU will need a UN mandate for the mission, which the Security Council is likely to approve. Once the UN has agreed, the EU will begin planning the details of the deployment.

Deutsche Welle

 

Bodies Burnt in Street in Central African Republic

A Christian mob in the Central African Republic capital Bangui has killed and burned two Muslims in the street, in the latest sectarian clash.

BBC

 

Violence-hit Central African Republic Shortlists Eight for President

Central African Republic lawmakers shortlisted eight candidates, including two sons of former presidents, to become interim leader and pull the country out of months of turmoil and factional killings

Reuters

                                                                                                  

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 13 January 2014

CAR Assembly Flies to Chad Summit to Discuss Djotodia

The entire transitional assembly of the Central African Republic (CAR) has flown to Chad to attend a summit aimed at restoring peace in the country. The 135 members have the power to sack interim President Michel Djotodia, also in Chad, who is under pressure to quit.

BBC

 

Fighting Erupts as CAR President Quits

Michel Djotodia, along with his PM, steps down under pressure over failure to halt deadly inter-religious violence.

Al-Jazeera

 

EU Proposes Sending Military Force to Central African Republic

The proposals for an EU force of at least battalion-strength, roughly 700 to 1,000 soldiers, will please France, which has urged allies to do more to bolster the 1,600 troops it sent to its former colony last month to stop massacres between Muslim and Christian militias triggered by a March coup.

Reuters

                                                                                                  

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 January 2014

CAR Army Thwarts Attack on Presidential Palace, Home

The CAR army has been able to stop heavily armed assailants who tried to storm the presidential palace and the embattled leader’s residence.

Mail & Guardian


7 Die as Cameroon Army, CAR Gunmen Clash

Seven people, including two Cameroonian soldiers, have been killed in an attack in the village of Ondiki, in eastern Cameroon close to the border, by an armed group from the Central African Republic.

News24

Central African Republic Violence Displaces Nearly 1 Million

Violence in Central African Republic has uprooted nearly a million people, a fifth of the population, and is hampering aid efforts, particularly in the capital Bangui, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

 

Mali, Niger Evacuate Citizens from Central African Republic

African countries have started evacuating their citizens from the Central African Republic in recent days amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions and inter-religious violence.

Mail & Guardian

 

Insecurity Pushes Number of Displaced in Central African Republic Past 935,000

More than 510,000 people are currently sheltering in 67 sites in Bangui, or living with host families. This represents more than half of the city’s total population. Some 60 per cent of those displaced are children.

UNHCR

 

President Djotodia ‘Offers Peace Talks’

The Central African Republic’s President Michel Djotodia has offered to speak to the leaders of Christian militias to resolve the worsening sectarian conflict.

BBC

 

French Support for Central African Intervention Fast Eroding: Poll

Only 41 percent of those questioned were in favor of the operation, down from 51 percent shortly after Paris deployed 1,600 troops in the country, according to an IFOP poll.

Reuters

 

Hollande Wants Bigger UN Role in Central African Republic

French President Francois Hollande has asked the United Nations to play a bigger role in the Central African Republic. Under the terms of a U.N. resolution passed on Dec. 5, France hopes to hand over responsibility for security to the African Union peacekeeping force MISCA in six months.

Voice of America

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 December 2013

African Union Approves Big Increase in Central African Republic Force

The African Union has authorized increasing an African force being deployed to Central African Republic to 6,000 troops from 2,500.

Reuters

 

Violence in Central African Republic Killed Over 600 in a Week, U.N. Says

About 450 people were killed in the capital, Bangui, and 160 people were reported killed in other parts of the country, Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters.

New York Times

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 December 2013

Cameroon Deploys Troops to CAR Border

Most of the combat-ready soldiers deployed to cover the nearly 800 kilometer border between Cameroon and the Central African Republic are of the elite corps called the rapid intervention unit.

Voice of America

 

France Takes ‘Immediate’ Military Action Amid CAR Clashes

A French-led military operation with a contingent of 650 troops, will be “doubled within a few days, if not a few hours,” President Hollande said, to protect civilians in the Central African Republic is being launched “immediately”, after scores died in fresh sectarian fighting.

BBC

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 2 December 2013

U.N. Security Council Considering Sanctions on Central African Republic

The U.N. Security Council is considering imposing an arms embargo on the virtually lawless Central African Republic as well as putting a travel ban on people undermining the country’s stability, fueling violence and abusing human rights.

Reuters

 

Why Have One in 10 Fled Their Homes in CAR?

The Central African Republic (CAR) has been in turmoil since rebels seized power in March. The UN deputy secretary general has warned the country is descending into “complete chaos” and called for urgent action.

BBC

 

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 22 November 2013

France Warns that the Central African Republic is ‘On the Verge of Genocide’

The landlocked nation has descended into near-anarchy since the Seleka, a largely Muslim coalition of rebels, ousted President François Bozizé in March. Thousands of people have been killed, abducted or fled their homes amid the burning of villages in what some say is the worst violence CAR has ever seen.

The Independent

 

U.S. pledges $40 Million for Central Africa Peacekeepers as Violence Escalates

The United States pledged $40 million toward an African Union-led peacekeeping force to bolster security throughout the country and protect civilians.

Reuters

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 November 2013

Witness Details Logistics Support Central Africans Gave Bemba’s Fighters

A soldier, who was among war crimes accused Jean-Pierre Bemba’s troops that are accused of brutalizing civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR), has detailed the logistics support provided to his contingent by that country’s army.

Allafrica.com

 

Diamonds Aren’t CAR’s Worst Enemy

In his piece of analysis, David Smith writes that the precious stones do fuel corruption, but the real crisis in the country is political.

Mail & Guardian

Open letter to the UN Security Council on the Central African Republic

The Security Council must take decisive action this month to prevent further deterioration in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since the coup by Seleka rebels on 24 March, the state has collapsed. Lawlessness and disorder prevail throughout the country, including in the capital city, Bangui. 

Louise Arbour – ICG

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 8 November 2013

Massacre Evidence Found in CAR

Emerging evidence suggests that armed forces in the Central African Republic were responsible for a massacre that took place on October 26, a few kilometres from the centre of the town of Bouar.

Al Jazeera

 

UN Warning over Central African Republic Genocide Risk

Senior officials say the international community must intervene to stop armed groups from inciting violence between Christians and Muslims.

BBC