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  • The Central African Republic could be on the brink of a bloodbath

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2017/10/13 Inside a sprawling tent camp protected by a U.N. tank and a line of barbed wire, Jerry Zoumatchi cradled an ancient rifle. He said he’d at no time touched a weapon until four months ago. But again rebels shot dead his father and his 17-year-old brother, sending him fleeing to this displaced-persons site in search of refuge and revenge. “I took up my gun to kill the [rebels] who killed my father and brother,” the 29-year-old said, fiddling with three bullets in his free hand. “I need to avenge the deaths.”
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Central African Republic: UN Offended By Accusations of Sexual Abuse Cover-Up in CAR

    FRANCE, 2015/05/02 The UN has denied allegations it was part of a plan to cover-up the sexual abuse of children by French soldiers in the Central African Republic. The organization has said other similar cases may as well come to light. "Offensive" was the word used by the United Nations on Friday to describe suggestions that the organization had participated in a cover-up of the alleged sexual abuse of children by French soldiers in the Central African Republic. Revelations made public this week say that a leaked UN statement from last July alleges French peacekeeping troops in the war-torn country sexually assaulted hungry children in exchange for food, causing an international uproar.
  • Plenty of reasons why you haven’t heard much from the Central African Republic

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2015/04/18 Between Ebola, terrorism, xenophobia and conflict fatigue, there are plenty of reasons why you haven’t heard much from the Central African Republic in the last few months. That doesn’t mean nothing is happening. SIMON ALLISON assesses where the stricken country is, and where it’s going. The signs are not encouraging. This week, in Nairobi, two deposed and exiled former presidents of the Central African Republic (CAR) signed what may just be the majority bizarre peace transaction in recent history. Far from Bangui, and without any input from the transitional government there that is struggling to fix the mess these two men made, Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia agreed to a truce, and declared themselves committed to “real peace through reconciliation”. It was, said Djotodia, an “historic turning point… to find a solution to the Central African crisis”.
  • Central African Republic - UN Mission, French Forces Retake Public Spaces in Bria Town

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2015/02/12 The United Nations stabilization mission in the crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR) announced today that it has retaken public buildings in Bria, illegally occupied by ex-Séléka rebels. UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York that the operation, conducted with the support of French forces, took place next the repeated refusal of the armed groups to peacefully evacuate the premises, and aimed at ending the existence of a parallel government. Mr. Haq added that Babacar Gaye, chief of the UN mission, known as MINUSCA, reiterated the determination of international forces to protect the people and support the restoration of the National's authority, for the organization of free, equitable, transparent and open elections in the country. Press reports suggest that UN peacekeepers and French forces used helicopters retake rebel-held positions in Bria, a town northeast of the capital, Bangui.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Senior UN Envoy 'Hopeful' Over Prospects for Peace in Central African Republic

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2015/01/02 Strife-torn Central African Republic is showing signs of moving towards broad national dialogue - a direction prescribed by the Security Council as critical to ensure lasting peace - the Appropriate Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country has said today. "If I had to summarize in one word what inspires me on December 30, 2014, that word would be 'hope,'" Babacar Gaye said during a press conference today in Bangui. He referred to a Security Council Presidential Statement of 18 December that reiterated the Council's call for disarmament of all parties and dialogue as the only route to lasting peace.
  • UNICEF alerts on children's situation in CAR

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2014/12/20 Children's situation in CAR - Two out of five children urgently needing humanitarian aid in Central African Republic (CAR) are without it, thanks to a critical lack of funding and continued conflict, a year next extreme violence tore through the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. 'Children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are no longer making headlines, but over 2.5 million of them continue to live in constant fear,' Mr. Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said in a statement obtained by PANA in New York Thursday. 'They have little access to essential services and rely entirely on humanitarian aid. As we prepare to mark the New Year, we must seize the luck to give these children a better next,' he said.
  • Central African Republic in 'Critical Phase' of Transition - UN Peacekeeping Chief

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2014/12/11 Despite a volatile security situation and ongoing fighting throughout the country, the Central African Republic (CAR) is presently entering "a critical phase" in its transition to stability and democracy, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today, as he urged the international community to remain engaged in the war-torn country. In his briefing to the 15-member Council, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, spotlighted a potentially explosive situation in the CAR amid continuing violent clashes between the Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia in areas surrounding the capital, Bangui.
  • Remembering a forgotten crisis in the Central African Republic

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2014/12/06 At the same time as I initial landed in Central African Republic (CAR) just over one month ago, 20,000 people were still sheltering on the patch of dirt at Bangui Airport they initial claimed a year before. In December 2013, what had by presently been a ‘forgotten crisis’ came to a peak at the same time as the Seleka who had invaded the capital, Bangui, were pushed back North by the Anti Balaka, an armed group that rose up to retaliate against abuses. Violence fanned out across the country, displacing nearly one million people, and one year later, the humanitarian situation remains catastrophic.