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Continued Violence In Central African Republic A Threat To Healthcare System

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Amid violence many displaced people of Central African Republic have started returning back to their homes, but the most worrying factor is threat of healthcare system in delivering medical aids to them. Launching a new health plan for the country, World Health Organization’s Africa director Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti said renewed fighting is sweeping the country and paralyzing the healthcare system ...

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Disabled Are More At Risk Of Attacks In CAR Amid Violence: Report

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People with disabilities in Central African Republic are forgotten people amid forgotten crisis. They are lately at high risk during communal violence that kicked off some four years ago, displacing over 500,000 people. In past few days about 100 people were killed in fresh attacks in the town of Bria. A researcher with Human Rights Watch, Lewis Mudge, said the ...

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Central African Republic Wraps Up Peaceful Voting To Elect New Government

The Central African Republic people wrapped up Sunday with voting to elect new democratic leadership that can bring peace in the country from the years of bloodshed that killed thousands and displaced many. The country pitched into worst crisis in 2013 by getting split in religious and ethnic lines, and Muslim Seleka fighters toppled Christian President Francois Bozize. The aftermath ...

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France To Withdraw Troops From CAR Later This Year

France announced Sunday to be ending up its military operations in Central African Republic by the end of 2016. According to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Operation Sangaris military operation launched in CAR in December 2013 is hoped to be wrapped up and forces will be called back home with just small units remaining in the territory. The forces ...

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CAR Long-Delyaed Elections Were Largely Free Of Violence

People started casting their valuable votes Wednesday in Central African Republic (CAR) in the long-delayed elections representing best hope of unity in the world’s one of the poorest countries. The country has seen worse sectarian violence for past three years and as an aftermath hundreds of thousands of people are now displaced. About 40 percent of the total population are ...

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Suspended Kony hunt worries civilians

International and local civil society organisations operating in areas affected by LRA rebel activities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have appealed to Uganda and the US to remain committed to efforts aimed at ending threats by Africa’s longest armed rebellion. Joseph Kony’s LRA has waged war in Uganda and the region for over two decades This comes after Uganda and the US troops in CAR suspended the four-year hunt operation against LRA leader Joseph Kony and his commanders, following a directive by African Union (AU) early this week. The AU asked Uganda and the US to temporarily suspend the joint hunt following the recent overthrow of CAR president Francois Bozize by the Seleka rebel coalition. The AU has since suspended CAR that is under control of the military junta, which called for the withdraw of all foreign forces. Invisible Children, Enough Project, and The Resolve said in a joint statement on Wednesday that civilians will face heightened attrocities if Uganda and the US end operations to counter Kony. “As the international community seeks to address the upheaval in CAR, it is critical that they find ways to sustain efforts to address LRA violence. Premature withdrawal would have devastating and immediate consequences for civilians in LRA-affected areas,” said Ben Keesey, chief executive officer of Invisible Children. Keesey added that: “It gives Kony a new lease on life, enabling him to regain power by initiating new rounds of abductions in communities that will be left totally unprotected and vulnerable to LRA attacks.” The LRA insurgency has affected Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and CAR. Kony, is reported in to be in Sudan’s western region of Darfur with about 400 fighters. The organisations observed that over the past three years, the Ugandan-led, US-supported operations helped reduce the LRA’s killings of civilians by more than 90% and enabled dozens of LRA fighters and abductees to safely defect from the World’s most brutal rebel organisation. Last week, 28 women and children were released from LRA captivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By Carol Kasujja & Pascal Kwesiga, The New Vision

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Zuma tribute to South Africa troops killed in CAR

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has paid tribute to 13 soldiers killed in the recent rebellion in the Central African Republic (CAR). Relatives of the dead soldiers as well as military personnel attended the service At the memorial service, he said they died in CAR’s capital Bangui defending South Africa’s commitment to promoting peace and stability in Africa. The soldiers were killed as rebels seized power more than a week ago. The governing ANC party has rejected accusations that the troops were in CAR because it has mining interests there. The South African government says they were training government forces and providing security. The South African National Defence Union (SANDU), representing the soldiers, and the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party is calling for the withdrawal of troops. South Africa’s Times newspaper reports from Bangui that rebels have been seen driving around in captured South African military vehicles. The vehicles included a Toyota Landcruiser marked with the insignia of Operation Vimbezela, the South African military mission in CAR. A machine gun was mounted on the roof of the vehicle, it reports. ‘Better Africa’ The memorial took place in an aircraft hanger at the Swartkop air base in the South African capital, Pretoria. “We salute them and honour them for the supreme sacrifice they have paid for the achievement of peace in Africa,” Mr Zuma said, in comments carried on his official website. South Africa’s foreign policy was premised on the “vision of building a better Africa, a better world”, he added. Mr Zuma has said South Africa’s 200 soldiers in Bangui were outnumbered in a nine-hour “high tempo” battle after “bandits” attacked them at their base on the weekend of 23-24 March. As well as the 13 dead, another 27 soldiers were injured – the highest number of casualties suffered by South Africa’s army since white minority rule ended in 1994. Mr Zuma said the tragedy should not be used to pursue party political goals. “No country discusses its military strategy in public in the manner in which South Africa is expected to do…. Those who are engaging in this game should be careful not to endanger both the national interest and the security of the Republic while pursuing party political goals,” he said. The president’s comments come as political controversy rages about the deployment of the troops. The DA has said it will present a motion to parliament demanding the withdrawal of South African troops from CAR. Its leader Helen Zille said it looked as if the South Africans were in CAR to defend the regime of ousted President Francois Bozize. The mission “was reportedly undertaken against expert military advice” and was “allegedly to protect the business interests of a politically connected elite, both in South Africa and the Central African Republic”, she said. On Monday, the ANC threatened the Mail and Guardian newspaper with legal action for claiming the troops were deployed to defend its mining interests in CAR, which has gold and uranium. It accused the paper of urinating “on the graves of gallant fighters who put their lives on the line in service of our country and our continent”. The Mail and Guardian said it stood by its report. Last week, Mr Zuma said South Africa had deployed 200 troops to CAR in January to help train the army and VIP protection unit. The Seleka rebel group seized power after a peace deal negotiated with Mr Bozize collapsed. It accused South African troops in CAR of being “mercenaries”.

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