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Police Start CAR Rotation

[New Times] Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, started the rotational deployment of three contingents of 420 officers under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). (AllAfrica)

The World's Most Dangerous Peacekeeping Mission?

[ISS] Batangafo is a small, nondescript town of about 20 000 people in north-west Central African Republic (CAR). It's only a few hundred kilometres away from the capital Bangui, but the perilous roads and the danger posed by the armed groups that patrol them mean the town is almost entirely cut off from the rest of the country. (AllAfrica)

600 Police Officers Briefed Ahead of CAR, S.Sudan Deployment

[New Times] Rwanda National Police (RNP) today starts a three-day deployment of four contingents of 660 officers to Central African Republic and South Sudan in a rotational exercise that will replace the same number in the two peacekeeping missions. (AllAfrica)

UN Chief Strongly Condemns Attack That Kills Peacekeeper in Central African Republic

[UN News] Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned Sunday's attack allegedly perpetrated by the anti-Balaka group against a convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, in which one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. (AllAfrica)

Civilians Die After Last Aid Agency Evacuates Town

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"Leaving the population utterly abandoned is a painful admission" (AllAfrica)

President Faustin Touadera - 'Conflicts Are Why the Population Has No Hope'

[Deutsche Welle] The president to the Central African Republic, Faustin Touadera, says young people in his country need vision and hope to stop them fleeing to Europe. (AllAfrica)

MSF Suspends Relief Activities Following Attack in Bangassou

[MSF] Bangui -Following a violent armed robbery on Monday 20 November that threatened the lives of its workers, Médecins Sans Frontičres (MSF) has evacuated all 58 national and international staff, and suspended medical operations from Bangassou, a town in southeastern Central African Republic. The town is largely under the control of various armed groups affiliated to the anti-Balaka factions. (AllAfrica)

Peace Requires More Than a Bigger UN Force

[ICG] The U.N. Security Coucil approved a resolution to extend the mandate of the U.N. Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until 15 November 2018, also increasing the mission's troop ceiling by 900. Richard Moncrieff, Project Director for Central Africa, states that the Central African Republic needs more than just troops to meet the country's security challenges. (AllAfrica)

Dozens of Minors Rescued From Rebel Groups

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MORE than 60 children have been rescued from armed groups in the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). The 28 girls and 35 boys have been handed over to humanitarian actor for their social reintegration in the northern Kaga-Bandoro province. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UN Mission in CAR, which secured the release of the minors however, the persistence of high activism by armed groups means that the risk of enlisting children remains high in the area. Milita (AllAfrica)

UN Mission Mandate Extended, Additional 'Blue Helmets' Authorized

[UN News] The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the Organization's peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), until 15 November 2018, increased the mission's troop level by 900 military personnel. (AllAfrica)

IFC Helping the Central African Republic Attract Investment to Key Sectors

[PR Newswire] Bangui -IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting private sector growth in the Central African Republic, helping the country attract fresh investment in key sectors that will create jobs and opportunities. (AllAfrica)

Security Council Considers Boost in UN Peacekeepers Numbers

[UN News] The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at today's meeting in New York. (AllAfrica)

Displaced People in Congo and Central African Republic Receive WFP Food Assistance From China

[WFP] More than 280,000 people in the two countries will benefit from China's contribution, which will allow WFP to provide rice, pulses and oil, as well as distribute specialized nutritious food to prevent malnutrition among pregnant and nursing women and children under five. (AllAfrica)

UN Chief Stresses Need to Support Central African Republic's Peacebuilding Strategy

[UN News] On the third day of his visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called on the international community to support the conflict-ravaged country's peacebuilding and recovery strategy. (AllAfrica)

'People Are Dying Every Day' - Refugees Fleeing War Suffer in Congo

[IRIN] Lembo -The camps of ramshackle mud-brick shelters line the banks of the River Ubangi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Inside, refugees from Central African Republic are suffering: from heat, from hunger, from disease. (AllAfrica)

UN Chief Pays Tribute to Courage, Resilience of People of Central African Republic

[UN News] Addressing lawmakers in the Central African Republic, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday stressed the international community's commitment to helping tackle the myriad challenges plaguing the conflict-torn country, and strongly defended the role of the UN peacekeeping force there. (AllAfrica)

Challenges Ahead for AU in Ending CAR Conflict

[ISS] An upsurge of violence and organised crime in the Central African Republic (CAR) has dealt a serious blow to the international community's post-conflict reconstruction efforts in the country. (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic - the Challenge of Stabilization

[Africa Renewal] In armored vehicles and helicopters, forces of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) entered Bocaranga on 7 October to free the city from the grips of one of the many armed groups operating in the country, the "Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation" or 3Rs. (AllAfrica)

Civilians Targeted as Violence Surges

[HRW] Nairobi -Violence threatening civilians has surged in recent months in the Central African Republic's south-central and southeastern regions. To protect people at risk, the United Nations Security Council should renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission before it ends on November 15, 2017, and approve an October 18 request by Secretary-General António Guterres for 900 more troops. (AllAfrica)

'I Didn't Know What to Do but Scream' - Woman Tells of Sexual Violence

[HRW] When an armed group attacked "Irčne's" home in the Central African Republic, fighters shot her husband in both legs as he tried to flee, and tied their five-year-old daughter to a post when she began to cry. "Irčne," 36, held her palms over her eyes as she told me of the brutal assault by the Seleka UPC, a main party to the country's ongoing conflict, during a May attack on Alindao, in the southeast. (AllAfrica)

Message to UN - 'The Only Thing We Want Is Peace'

[UN News] It was once known as the 'Bridge of Death,' the frontline between warring factions in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Legendary tales were shared of the bridge being drenched in blood, with even Government security forces scared to set foot on it. (AllAfrica)

Conditions in Central African Republic Continue to Deteriorate - UN

[VOA] The United Nations reports conditions in Central African Republic have continued to deteriorate since a serious outbreak of inter-communal violence in mid-May between the Muslim Seleka and largely Christian anti-Balaka armed groups. (AllAfrica)

UN Chief to Visit Central African Republic

[VOA] The United Nations Secretary-General said Wednesday that the Central African Republic is at a critical moment and everything must be done to ease growing communal tensions and preserve gains to keep the fragile nation on the right path. (AllAfrica)

Muslim Rivals Have Killed Dozens in Car

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -RIVAL Muslim armed groups have killed over 130 civilians, including children, at the peak of their infighting in the Central African Republic (CAR). The clashes have been widespread since November 2016 when fighting broke out between the ex-Seleka grouping-Popular Front for the Renaissance of CAR (FPRC) and Unit for Peace in CAR (UPC) - in the northeastern Bria. The attacks against civilians, United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian actors subsequently spread to other parts of the region. In December 2 (AllAfrica)

Sub-Saharan Africa Faces Challenging Economic Outlook - World Bank

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Sub-Saharan Africa's economies are experiencing a modest recovery, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the region expected to rise to 2.4 percent in 2017 from 1.3 percent last year, according to the World Bank. (AllAfrica)

New Allegation of Sexual Abuse Surfaces At UN Mission

[UN News] United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers. (AllAfrica)

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)