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Human suffering underlines the urgency to do more in 2019

In 2019 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) is likely to see crises in places such as South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Sahel remain on its agenda. Other burning issues such as Cameroon could spiral out of control if not handled by the continental body. The

Rising violence in CAR threatens wider regions — UN warns

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and the head of the UN Regional Office for the region (UNOCA), Francois Lounceny Fall, has warned against rising violence in the Central African Republic which according to him threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability. The

CAR: Dozens killed in attack on refugee shelter

  More than 40 people have been killed and dozens wounded in Central African Republic (CAR), in an attack on a Catholic mission sheltering 20,000 refugees, according to a regional legislator. The violence in the town of Alindao, some 300km east of the capital, Bangui, began on Thursday when Christian militiamen known as "Anti-balaka"

How Russia moved into Central Africa

When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to train

Russia trains over 1,000 central African military personnel

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera presided over a ceremony to mark the completion of training of the fourth group of Central African Armed Forces (FACa) personnel by Russian instructors on Monday, September 17. According to a report by the Network of Journalists for Human Rights in Central African Republic (RJDH), 154 FACa personnel

DRC bans opposition leader, Bemba from running for president

Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) has banned  Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former vice-president from running in the presidential election latee in the year by the electoral commission. Bemba was considered one of the top opposition contenders since returning to the country in August after he was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal

CAR armed groups present peace demands to AU panel

Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have presented nearly 100 demands, including a general amnesty, to an African Union (AU) expert panel seeking to broker peace in the country. An AU document, seen by AFP, lists 97 demands by the armed groups in return for peace, with a government of

How Islamic State became a military threat in Iraq and Syria

By Jonathan Fenton-Harvey While the Islamic State group's reign of terror in Iraq and Syria is virtually over, multiple reports throughout its existence show irresponsible arms transfers – especially from the West and its allies, empowering the self-proclaimed caliphate. This highlights an existing danger that won't necessarily go away with IS: as long as such weapons

The world’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission?

By Simon Alisson Despite its failings, MINUSCA is the only semblance of governance and security in CAR. 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

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