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CAR Conflict: Armed Forces Used Rape, Sexual Slavery As Weapon

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The conflict between Muslim Seleka and Christian and animist militia called anti-balaka in Central African Republic (CAR) during 2013 and mid-2017 was of high level of torture towards women and girls. The armed forces used rape and sexual slavery as weapons to punish them and take revenge. A 176-page report was released today by Human Rights Watch titled as “‘They ...

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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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