Troops Deployed to Flashpoint District: The government deployed troops alongside United Nations (UN) peacekeepers on February 24th to a district in Bangui after clashes between rival groups left at least three people dead.Peacekeepers from the UN's MINUSCA force were deployed with government forces in the fractious PK5 and KM5 districts of Bangui “to take out all those who don't want peace,” said security minister General Henri Wanzet Liguissara.Once a Muslim rebel bastion, PK5 is now home to several armed groups that have taken advantage of the weakness of the state since the end of a sectarian conflict pitting mainly Muslim rebels against nominally Christian militias. (© AFP 24/2 2018)Attacks on Hospitals: Rebel groups have reportedly dragged patients from hospital beds and shot them dead in the worsening crisis in CAR. Doctors have fled to neighbouring countries, worsening already dire access to healthcare services caused by attacks on hospitals and ambulances ferrying civilians wounded during the insurgency.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) say 2017 saw levels of violence against the civilian population that evoked the worst months of the conflict of 2013‐14.Violence forced a fifth of the 4.5m people in the lawless CAR to flee their homes in 2017, the highest number of displaced people since the crisis began in 2013. (CAJnews 2/2)Rebel Chief Urges End to War: There appeared to be a glimmer of hope in the crisis‐torn country after one of its most feared rebel leaders urged his militants to lay down arms.Armel Sayo, the president of the Revolution and Justice (RJ) movement, made the rare call in early February, urging all rebel elements to cease hostilities and integrate the national programme of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR).Vladimir Monteiro, MINUSCA spokesperson, said the declaration was a positive step in efforts to reclaim peace. “MINUSCA looks forward to seeing the elements of the RJ respect the commitments made solemnly by the president of their movement,” Monteiro said. (CAJnews 5/2)
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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