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‘Security vacuum’ in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups

‘Security vacuum’ in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group. “The continued threat by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to regional stability should not be underestimated, in particular […]

UN urges aid for civilians swept up in Central African Republic’s ‘new spiral of escalating violence’

UN urges aid for civilians swept up in Central African Republic’s ‘new spiral of escalating violence’

Warning that violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly escalating, the top United Nations aid official in the country today urged the international community to assist the tens of thousands of newly displaced civilians. Speaking to representatives of UN Member States in Geneva, Najat Rochdi, the Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Resident Coordinator in […]

‘Warning signs are flashing’ in crisis-torn Central African Republic, warns senior UN official

‘Warning signs are flashing’ in crisis-torn Central African Republic, warns senior UN official

Despite “vast improvement” in security in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), there are still deep tensions and some fear of a sudden relapse, a top United Nations human rights official said while visiting the strife-torn country. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said he was struck by the improvements in the capital, […]

Amid fresh violence in Central African Republic, UN rallies support for displaced

Amid fresh violence in Central African Republic, UN rallies support for displaced

United Nations agencies are seeking to rally support for the people fleeing escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), while the Organization’s human rights office has called for the establishment of a strong justice system in the country. Since fighting flared in May between rebels, more than 68,000 people have fled their homes within […]

Fresh violence empties city in Central African Republic; senior UN official urges more aid

Fresh violence empties city in Central African Republic; senior UN official urges more aid

A senior United Nations official is calling for additional humanitarian aid in the Central African Republic, where nearly the entire population of the city Bria was forcibly displaced last week. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 41,000 people were forced out of their homes in “unprecedented violence between […]

Forced From Their Forests, Cameroon’s Female Pygmies Bear Brunt of Alcohol Abuse

Forced From Their Forests, Cameroon’s Female Pygmies Bear Brunt of Alcohol Abuse

Spoting patchy bruises on her forehead and right cheek, Maria moves gingerly as her four young children chase each other in their pygmie camp on the edge of a forest in eastern Cameroon. “I spent all night fighting with my husband … he came home very drunk,” Maria told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the […]

Student Arrested Over Lord’s Resistance Army Leader ‘Joseph Kony Letter’

Student Arrested Over Lord’s Resistance Army Leader ‘Joseph Kony Letter’

Police in Pallisa District have arrested a student of St Paul Secondary School over allegations that he was found in possession of a letter purported to have been written by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Joseph Kony, warning of more atrocities. Security officials said the suspect is a resident of Bulyambwa village, Butebo Sub-county […]

UN emergency food agency sending rations to war-torn Central African Republic

UN emergency food agency sending rations to war-torn Central African Republic

The United Nations emergency food agency has started dispatching supplies by air and road to the Central African Republic (CAR), where violence erupted in March and has since claimed the lives of more than 120 people, it was announced today. “We are moving food stocks by road and air to provide food to all those […]

Rebel Schism Drives Alarming Upsurge of Violence in Central African Republic

Rebel Schism Drives Alarming Upsurge of Violence in Central African Republic

On both sides of the rutted, 200-kilometre dirt road that runs from Bria to Bambari in Central African Republic, villages lie empty and desolate. Cramped mud huts with thatched roofs have been reduced to ashes and rubble. Everything of value has been looted. In Goumba – a small, Christian village to the west of Bria […]

Regional MPs Warn of Violence in Central African Republic

Regional MPs Warn of Violence in Central African Republic

Legislators from the Great Lakes region have warned that the Central African Republic (CAR) could plunge back into chaos following last month’s withdrawal of the UPDF and the American special forces troops. The MPs, under the auspices of the Forum for Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR) travelled to CAR […]

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