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Category Archives: Central African Republic
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
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
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
Army Lynching Ten minutes after an address by Catherine Samba-Panza to the army of the Central African Republic, some of the army members stabbed and beat a man to death, dragged his body through the streets, and burned him while filming with their phones. He was accused of being a Séléka infiltrator. As a result… Continue reading
No End in Sight The past week has seen unprecedented levels of violence in the Central African Republic. In the capital city of Bangui, at least 30 people were killed in a span of 3 days, mostly Muslims who supported the Séléka group during the revolution; however, in the town of Boda, 100 kilometers west, at… Continue reading
New Interim Prime Minister Selected On January 25, 2014, the new interim government of the Central African Republic announced that Andre Nzapayeke had been selected as the country’s new interim prime minister, a decision with which many citizens were not satisfied. He is a regional banking official who has held several positions at the Central African States’ Development Bank… Continue reading