C.A.R: The Crises continue

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    Thousands of civilians are desperate need of immediate assistance and access to basic amenities in the Central African Republic. One year after a coup by the Seleka rebel, international efforts to put an end to the crises remain inadequate. So many forms of crimes, violence and human rights abuses and violations are perpetuated with impunity. The Seleka rebel coalition overthrew the government of President Francois Bozizé on March 24, 2013.
The Seleka group last year unleashed a frenzy of terror which was met with extreme abusive response from the Christian anti-balaka militia.
Response by the international community since December 2013 has been unable to keep down the crisis, particularly the need to
protect civilians and provide aid for the thousands of displaced people. The Seleka who are mainly Muslims from the country’s northeast as well as from Chad and Sudan, committed massacres in numerous villages, burned and destroyed houses, recruited children as soldiers, raped women, and probably killed thousands of residents. The attacks created a massive humanitarian crisis, forcing
people to live without adequate shelter,food, or health care.
To avenge Seleka abuses, a group of predominantly Christian fighters known as the anti-balaka, who had originally been constituted under President Bozizé to fight banditry, began in August last year to attack the Seleka and target Muslim
civilians presumed to support the Seleka rebels. In December, the anti-balaka carried out a major attack on the capital, forcing the Seleka to retreat and regroup. The Seleka formally ceded power
in January 2014. A new president, Catherine Samba-Panza, was elected to head the government’s
interim administration.
The African Union (AU) and France have deployed a growing number of peacekeeping troops to stabilize the Central African Republic, but the peacekeepers have been unable to stop the escalating violence.
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     Civilians are at the receiving end of this crises. Without protection, they are highly vulnerable, forced to flee their homes, often times not able to salvage anything. There are widespread cases of exploitation, rape and other crimes against humanity being perpetrated without being checked.
The hunger and starvation are extreme, many civilians are internally displaced or are refugees in neighboring countries like Cameroun and Congo. So many are injured or sick without having access to health care.
So much more has to be done to save the devastated citizens of C.A.R.
These Charity and humanitarian organizations have been assisting in different ways to alleviate the sufferings of C.A.R citizens. You can view their works and consider donating:
Action Against Hunger
Mercy Corps
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2 thoughts on “C.A.R: The Crises continue

    The rains are coming… « Lotenna Blog said:
    April 5, 2014 at 5:50 am

    […]     The raining season is here and in the Central African Republic (C.A.R), a country beset by internal conflicts and violence, the displaced people are wary. Many of these people live in displacement camps mainly public offices and buildings. There are about 625,000 displaced people in C.A.R and nearly 200,000 in Bangui (the capital) alone. At Bangui’s M‘Poko International Airport, an estimated 70,000 people are living in extraordinarily vulnerable conditions. Early rainfall in recent weeks has already destroyed some tents, and flooded some sections of the site with raw sewerage. As the rains set in, people will be exposed to outbreaks of water and vector borne diseases including malaria.    Out in the rain and floods, unable to return home for fear of their lives, already traumatized by the conflicts, hungry, sick or exposed to diseases, what more can these ‘poor’ people endure.? #sad. Also read Crises in C.A.R […]

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    […] Taliban condemned the killing and violence against muslims in the C.A.R by the Anti-Balaka rebels. ( Read C.A.R crises). A little over 37 people died between Thursday and Friday during fighting between the anti-Balaka […]

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