Central African Republic

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) A Central African Republic aid worker was killed after gunman stormed his home, his family said Thursday, the latest death in a week of clashes in the country. The 35-year-old man who worked for Italian humanitarian organisation Intersos, died at hospital following the shooting overnight Wednesday to Thursday in Kaga Bandoro, in the north of CAR. The region is controlled by two armed groups which last week prevented the celebration of a national holiday. At least 10 people had already been killed this week inRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) The country is chronically unstable and gripped by militia violence, its unpaved streets are a rush of crazy traffic — and for the vast majority of its impoverished citizens, a new bike is a laughable dream. But nothing deters the plucky racing cyclists of Central African Republic (CAR). At dawn, in dusty Bangui, a peloton weaves around white troop carriers of the UN force in a training session as part of efforts to revive the competitive sport in a nation ravaged by poverty and war.Read More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) More than 20 people were injured when grenades were thrown into a concert in the capital of the chronically unstable Central African Republic, while revenge attacks later left three people dead, the UN peacekeeping force and a local official said Sunday. The grenade assault late Saturday saw two unidentified attackers hurl a grenade at a cafe called “On the Crossroads of Peace” during a concert by local singer Ozaguin, said Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA. The cafe is located near theRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Four people were killed and over 20 wounded when grenades were thrown into a concert in the capital of the chronically unstable Central African Republic, while revenge attacks later left another three people dead, the UN peacekeeping force and a local official said Sunday. In the first serious incident of violence in Bangui this year, the assault late Saturday saw two unidentified attackers hurl grenades at a cafe called “On the Crossroads of Peace” during a performance, said Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the UN peacekeepingRead More
Bambari (Central African Republic) (AFP) Around him, pigs squeal and goats bleat and beat their hooves in excitement as feeding time approaches. Life has changed a lot for Richard Ngueringu, a former militiaman in his early thirties who has witnessed some of worst things that humanity can offer. Once a member of a so-called self-defence group, he says he has witnessed hundreds of killings, as well as atrocities, in Central African Republic’s years-long conflict. Today, in the central town of Bambari, he has swapped his weapon for a bucket ofRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Central African Republic’s embattled government is in a faceoff with former fighters of an ousted militia who are occupying three barracks in the CAR capital Bangui, an AFP reporter saw Tuesday. More than 1,200 of the former rebels have been told to quit the buildings but some are refusing to leave, the reporter found. The former fighters were once with the so-called Seleka alliance, a coalition of Muslim-majority militias. They have been occupying the barracks since the Seleka overthrew the then president, Francois Bozize, inRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Friday came under pressure to overhaul the role of UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic as he wrapped up a visit to the conflict-torn country. Guterres’s four-day visit came ahead of a Security Council decision on whether to renew the mandate of the UN’s peacekeeping force and meet a request for reinforcements. In a meeting with the secretary general, a group of lawmakers called on the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA to be more active in tackling violence. “There’s beenRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) UN chief Antonio Guterres said he would meet President Paul Biya of Cameroon late Friday to discuss the troubles in the country’s anglophone regions. “We are going to be able to assess the recent evolution of (the situation of) the anglophone community,” Guterres told AFP on Thursday in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR). Guterres is to leave CAR at 1615 GMT on Friday after a four-day visit to the country. He will make a four-hour stopover in Yaounde where he is to takeRead More
Bangassou (Central African Republic) (AFP) UN chief Antonio Guterres travelled to the strife-ravaged town of Bangassou on Wednesday for a first-hand look at a notorious hotspot in Central African Republic’s bloody conflict and to pay tribute to UN troops who have died. Making his first visit to one of Africa’s most troubled countries since he took the UN helm in January, Guterres observed a minute’s silence and laid a wreath in memory of peacekeepers who lost their lives in the last year. He said he came “to express solidarity, gratitudeRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Christian and Muslim leaders in Central African Republic (CAR), speaking ahead of a visit by United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, have urged the UN to overhaul its strategy for the strife-torn country. Guterres is expected on Tuesday, ahead of a requested renewal in November of the UN force in CAR, called MINUSCA, which has been accused by some of passivity. “If they’re just television spectators of the conflict, that won’t do,” Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the Catholic archbishop of Bangui said in a joint interview onRead More