Rebel negotiators abducted in Central African Republic capital
Three senior members of a Central African Republic rebel group were abducted by unknown assailants in the capital Bangui on Monday after participating in peace talks convened by interim President Catherine Samba-Panza’s government.
The men from the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC), a faction of the former Seleka rebel alliance, were missing after their vehicle was attacked in the Combattant neighbourhood, controlled by the rival anti-balaka militia, rebel sources said.
Central African Republic faith leaders hope papal visit will help bring peace to the country
Pope Francis will visit Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda in late November. Religious leaders in Central Africa have predicted the Pope’s upcoming visit could help bring peace to their country, three years after a Muslim-led rebellion plunged the country into civil war.
Pope Francis will visit the capital, Bangui, on November 29 – 30, after visiting Kenya and Uganda. Leaders have shared their hopes that the trip will be seen as an “occasion to return to the path of peace” for groups like Boko Haram.