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UN Publishes Pioneering Study on Gap Between Rich and Poor

[UNDP] Cape Town -The widest gaps in income between the rich and the poor in Africa are to be found in five southern African nations, as well as the Comores and the Central African Republic, says a pioneering new study on income inequality on the continent. (AllAfrica)

Rebels Accused of Rape Spree in CAR Conflict

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups in the Central African Republic have abused rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war. The serious human rights violations have persisted during the five-year conflict between Christian militants and Muslim radicals. The predominantly Muslim Seleka and the largely Christian and animist militia known as anti-balaka, have used sexual violence as revenge for perceived support of those on the other side of the sectarian divide. Army commanders have allegedly tolerated widespread sexual violence b (AllAfrica)

Rape, Sexual Slavery Are Weapons in Central African Republic War - Report

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"Under international law, these offences ... may be considered crimes against humanity and war crimes" (AllAfrica)

Sexual Violence As Weapon of War

[HRW] New York -Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Commanders have tolerated widespread sexual violence by their forces and, in some cases, appear to have ordered it or committed it themselves. (AllAfrica)

Disabled Disadvantaged From Fleeing

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -FOR the past few weeks, Central African Republic (CAR) cities such as Zemio have evolved from battlefields for rival rebel groups to ghost towns. Around 10 000 people fled the south-eastern town at the height of the conflict and sought refuge in the bushes or surrounding areas. Another estimated 10 000 crossed the border over to the equally-troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and are staying in a makeshift camps. Almost everybody has left. The population has dropped from 21 000 to under 1 000. "Th (AllAfrica)

Yaounde Seals Border as Fresh Violence Escalates

[VOA] Business activity has come to a standstill as Cameroon has sealed its northern border with the troubled Central African Republic following escalating violence in the neighboring country. Cameroon says several of its citizens have been kidnapped and taken to C.A.R. by armed groups. (AllAfrica)

Avoiding the Worst in Central African Republic

[ICG] Resurgent armed groups in Central African Republic are killing many civilians and causing widespread displacement. Government forces and the UN are in a weak position, and there are no quick solutions. To contain the violence, the government and international actors must agree on a roadmap for peace with armed groups that combines both incentives and coercive measures. (AllAfrica)

The Country Must Combat Impunity to Achieve Peace, President Says

[VOA] In a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the president of Central African Republic told the 47-member body the road to peace for his embattled country lies in combating impunity and making people accountable for their crimes. (AllAfrica)

RDF Troops Depart for CAR

[New Times] Rwanda Defence Forces yesterday completed the deployment of additional 140 troops to reinforce the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). (AllAfrica)

Rwanda Deploys More Troops to CAR Next Week

[New Times] Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will next week deploy a motorised infantry company of 140 troops to Central African Republic to reinforce a United Nations peacekeeping force in that country, the military has said. (AllAfrica)

Rising Violence Uproots Record 1.1 Million

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -A surge in militia fighting in several hotspots since May has driven the number of people seeking refuge in neighbouring nations (AllAfrica)

UN Decorates 430 Rwandan Police Peacekeepers in CAR

[New Times] The United Nations has awarded medal of service excellence to 430 Rwandan Police peacekeepers serving under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). (AllAfrica)

UN Seeks More Peacekeeping Troops for CAR As Violence Surges

[Deutsche Welle] Officials say the situation has been deteriorating in the southeast of the country since US special forces withdrew. They were hunting for war crimes suspect Joseph Kony who heads the violent Lord's Resistance Army. (AllAfrica)

NGO Highlights Problems With Sex Abuse Probe

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The United Nations said on Thursday it was looking into allegations that complaints of sexual abuse and exploitation made against its peacekeepers in the conflict-torn Central African Republic were mishandled or unreported. (AllAfrica)

Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga - Religion Is Misused in Central African Republic Conflict

[Deutsche Welle] As the situation in the Central African Republic deteriorates, Archbishop Nzapalainga says the conflict isn't between Muslims and Christians. Rather faith is being manipulated in the struggle for power. (AllAfrica)

Civilians 'Direct Targets' As Conflict Spreads

[IPS] United Nations -Rape, torture, pillage, murder and forced displacement by the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) rebel forces are the new horrifying realities faced by communities in Basse-Kotto, Central African Republic, according to the prominent London-based human rights group Amnesty International. (AllAfrica)

Powerless UN, Helpless Government

[Deutsche Welle] UN peacekeepers have not adequately protected Central African citizens from brutal attacks. But Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji praised their mission in an exclusive DW interview and voiced hope for reconciliation. (AllAfrica)

Cardinal Nzapalainga Calls for Religious Unity to End Violence

[CISA] Bangui -Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui has called on Muslims and Christians to work together for peace. (AllAfrica)

Rising Ethnic Tensions Fuel Fears of Spike in Violence

[VOA] The head of United Nations peacekeeping says rising ethnic tensions in Central African Republic are likely to spur greater conflict between the Muslim and Christian communities unless action is taken to defuse the situation. (AllAfrica)

How Ivory Fell Into the Hands of Organized Criminal Syndicates

[IPS] Cambridge -"Ivory is like a drug and you have to be careful with it. If you are serious and desire it, you can get all you want, but you have to be patient and act very carefully," a Cameroonian man selling ivory items from a network of shops across Central Africa, told TRAFFIC investigators in 2014. (AllAfrica)

Civilians Facing Atrocities in Basse-Kotto As UN Protection Proves Ineffective

[AI London] A wave of brutal attacks in the Central African Republic, including the systematic rape and murder of civilians, highlights the urgent need for stronger UN action to protect civilians, Amnesty International said today. (AllAfrica)

Scores Killed in Renewed CAR Clashes

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -DOZENS of civilians have been killed and thousands displaced during escalating clashes between rival rebel groups in the Central African Republic. (AllAfrica)

Elections Still a Weak Spot in Central Africa

[Africa Renewal] The special representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), François Louncény Fall, appeared before the UN Security Council in June to brief it on the situation in the Central African region. (AllAfrica)

To Be or Not to Be Chadian? Fleeing Central Africans Defy Traditional Ideas of Nationality

[RFI] For Idrissa Haroum, the decision was pure and simple he wants to live where he is accepted. The 55-year-old Muslim from the Central African Republic says that he was called a Chadian in his own country. He now owns that moniker, and has the birth certificate to prove it. (AllAfrica)

UN Aid Chief Allocates U.S.$45 Million to Tackle Neglected Emergencies in Four Countries

[UN News] The United Nations aid chief released today $45 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to four countries "struggling in crises away from the headlines" - Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan - where more than 21 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance. (AllAfrica)

There Will Be No Peace Without Justice

[The Conversation Africa] The government of the Central African Republic recently signed a peace deal with 13 rebel groups to bring an end to violence that has plagued the country since 2013. (AllAfrica)

War Arrives in Bangassou

[MSF] The Central African Republic town of Bangassou had only been marginally affected by the devastating conflict of 2013-2014 and was even praised for the reconciliation work and social cohesion that followed that period of violence. However, on May 13 of this year, the town's Muslim neighborhood was attacked by so-called self defense groups, and the situation changed drastically. (AllAfrica)

Exemplary Cooperation!

[Cameroon Tribune] In both human relations and bilateral and multilateral cooperation, true friendship is mostly measured in moments and areas of difficulties. For, in fair weather, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to tell with precision who can stand by you and how when disaster hits. Cameroon has aptly demonstrated to the hitherto war-torn Central African Republic (CAR) that she is a friend indeed on whom the country can rely for a better tomorrow. Handing over military gadgets gotten from the runaway former adminis (AllAfrica)

10,000 People Sleep in Batangafo Hospital After Camp Is Looted and Burned

[MSF] Some 10,000 people are sheltering in the grounds of Batangafo hospital more than 10 days after violence broke out between rival groups in this northern city of Central African Republic (CAR). (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic - Will Africa Act On Threat of Genocide?

[This is Africa] Is Africa and the world going to witness another genocide take place? The United Nations (U.N) humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien has said there are fears that the conflict in the Central African Republic (C.A.R) could soon deteriorate to a genocide. Fighting in the C.A.R. has gone on for four years between the government, rebels and militias. The fighting also involve Christian and Muslim militia groups. (AllAfrica)

UN Aid Chief Issues Bleak Warning On Central African Republic

[Deutsche Welle] The UN's aid chief Stephen O'Brien has briefed the Security Council on the ethnic clashes in the Central African Republic. He echoed his own earlier comments that "the early warnings of genocide are there." (AllAfrica)