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Author Archives: Jaymee Cole
Withdrawal of Chadian “Peacekeeping” Troops The Chadian government announced last week that it will begin to withdraw its troops from the CAR, saying that “Chad and Chadians have been targeted in a gratuitous and malicious campaign that blamed them for all the suffering in CAR”. Chad has been a major player in the attempts to keep the… Continue reading
EU Peacekeeping Mission Underway On Saturday, March 29, the EU announced that it finally had enough member country support to launch an peacekeeping mission into the CAR, pledging 800 to 1,000 troops to support the 6,000 AU and 2,000 French troops already on the ground. Germany, while offering no combat troops, played a key role… Continue reading
Position Abstract The secession of Katanga would increase the instability of an already alarmingly unstable region of Africa; as such, the Central African Republic cannot support their desire to secede. Furthermore, we have seen the impact that the African Union can have and strongly believe that they must take a firm stance against this defection… Continue reading
One Year after Muslim Coup March 24th marked the one year anniversary of the Séléka coup that began the conflict that may be seen in the country today. This occasion was marked by renewed attacks in the capital by anti-balaka militants (now deemed terrorists by the AU) in which 38 people were wounded and at least… Continue reading
Guardian Gangs In Bangui, small “gangs” of youths have started guarding their districts of the city, protecting those within from looters and others who have been causing trouble. They carry no weapons and seek only to use “dissuasive tactics” when danger appears. As a result, they have received widespread support from community leaders. This shows… Continue reading
Birahima frequently describes horrific acts of violence and then proceeds to say that those involved then acted like “civilized men.” What comment is the author making about the society at that time? Is this an accurate portrayal? How does Birahima portray democracy in Africa? Birahima writes that “Humanitarian peacekeeping is when one country is allowed… Continue reading
Taliban Openly Condemns CAR Violence In a uncommon occurrence, the Taliban issued a statement openly condemning events outside the Middle East. They denounced the “merciless killings” of Muslims at the hands of “bloodthirsty militias” in the Central African Republic, saying that the world is not doing enough to combat it. This clearly evinces the seriousness… Continue reading
1. What do you think Birahima means by “Allah is not obliged to be fair about all things he does here on earth”? Does he actually believe this, or is he saying it with another motive? 2. What comment is being made about African society during this period through Birahima’s use of both French… Continue reading
Amnesty International Warns of Ethnic Cleansing Tens of thousands of Muslims have fled the Central African Republic in recent weeks and many more have been murdered or mutilated in the streets. This led Amnesty International to voice fears of the development of a situation of ethnic cleansing in the country. The continuing bloodshed, despite peacekeeper… Continue reading
1. When Ramatoulaye is advising Daba about what she should tell Binetou in relation to her “sugar daddy” and marriage, she points out that no material things are “worth the capital of youth.” What does she mean by this? Does it have a relation to the society as a whole, as well? 2. No female character… Continue reading