Central African Republic

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Seventeen people were killed in a flashpoint Muslim enclave of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), where a UN soldier also reportedly died, an AFP reporter saw Wednesday. Residents of the PK5 district laid out the bodies of 17 men in front of the headquarters of the United Nations mission (MINUSCA) in Bangui, saying they had been killed in clashes on Tuesday between local armed groups and UN peacekeepers. “Yesterday they killed lots of people. Here are the dead, which we have broughtRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Seventeen people and a UN peacekeeper were killed Tuesday in clashes in a Muslim enclave of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), in the city’s bloodiest flareup in years. Hundreds of angry residents of the PK5 district gathered Wednesday outside the headquarters of the United Nations mission in CAR, called MINUSCA, where they laid out the corpses of 17 men who they said had been killed by peacekeepers. Several bodies bore bullet wounds, an AFP reporter saw. “Yesterday they killed lots of people.Read More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) United Nations troops came under attack overnight in the heart of the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), a UN spokesman said Monday. The incident occurred shortly after UN peacekeepers and CAR troops launched an operation targeting armed groups in a flashpoint district of Bangui. At least two people were killed and dozens wounded during the joint operation, according to UN and medical sources. Hours later, UN troops were attacked in the institutional district of Bangui, near the presidential palace, in the first suchRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) The United Nations and Central African forces Sunday launched an operation targeting armed groups in a mainly Muslim district of Bangui in which at least two people were killed and dozens wounded, UN and medical sources said. Eleven peacekeepers, mostly Egyptian, were among the injured in the joint operation mounted by the United Nations peacekeeping force (Minusca) and the Central African security forces, Minusca spokesman Herve Verhoosel told AFP. The operation, which had targeted, the “bases of certain criminal groups” would continue “until the goalRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) UN peacekeepers on patrol in the Central African Republic exchanged fire with members of an armed group in a Muslim enclave of the capital Bangui, the United Nations said Sunday. The peacekeepers were fired at in the Muslim rebel bastion called PK5, home to several armed groups and they responded, said Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission known by its initials MINUSCA. The attack occurred Saturday evening and “clearly the target was the peacekeeping troops,” he added. The armed groups operating in theRead More
Berengo Palace (Centrafrique) (AFP) Inside a sprawling former “imperial palace” near Bangui, Russian instructors have set up a camp where they are training soldiers of the Central African Republic (CAR) in using Russian weapons. Since late January, the former home of president Jean-Bedel Bokassa — who took over in 1966 and later declared himself emperor before being overthrown in 1979 — has been transformed into a hive of activity. Over the past two months, more than 150 instructors have been brought in, according to a diplomatic source. They are trainingRead More
On the Ubangi River (Centrafrique) (AFP) Armed gangs in the troubled Central African Republic have routinely taxed cargo boats on the southern Ubangi River since 2014, causing food price hikes that hit the poor hard. “All you need is a weapon, you install a toll post on the river,” one boatman says. “Then goods become too costly and some people have given up trading because of that.” Armed groups that emerged when the CAR plunged into crisis after a 2013 coup started late the following year to put up smallRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) For a few months each year, the Ubangi, a tributary of the mighty River Congo, dries up and a cluster of ephemeral islands emerge from its torrents before the skies darken and seasonal downpours return. The river, also spelled Oubangui, marks the border between Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and most of the islands are barren and deserted. But a handful host temporary communities, with dozens of makeshift straw huts and tarpaulins stretched out along their sandy banks, as villagers,Read More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) For a few months each year, the Ubangi, a tributary of the mighty River Congo, dries up and a cluster of ephemeral islands emerge from its torrents before the skies darken and seasonal downpours return. The river, also spelled Oubangui, marks the border between Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and most of the islands are barren and deserted. But a handful host temporary communities, with dozens of makeshift straw huts and tarpaulins stretched out along their sandy banks, as villagers,Read More
Obo (Central African Republic) (AFP) Refugees seeking safety from the atrocities of South Sudan’s unending conflict cross the border only to find themselves in one of Africa’s most war-torn and poorest countries. Neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) has been ravaged by armed groups vying to control the vast landlocked nation, trapped in poverty where more than half the population survives on humanitarian aid. In the southeastern town of Obo, some 2,000 South Sudanese have fled to a refugee camp set up by the United Nations in 2016. But it hasRead More