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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

Central African Republic militia leader arrested in France for war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued the arrest warrant of Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona for war crimes. He is the suspected leader of a militia accused of carrying out attacks on the Central African Republic's Muslim population. French authorities on Wednesday arrested Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a suspected senior leader of a Central African

Special Report: How some Nigerian security operatives sabotage war against insurgency

•Supply food and petrol to Boko Haram Editor's note: This investigation by The Next Edition, revealed how some of Nigerian security operatives are significantly sabotaging the government’s efforts to eliminate Boko Haram as they aid the funnelling of huge volumes of petrol and other fuel products to the deadly group.  Ibanga Isine The

Violence-ridden Central African Republic on road to famine — UN

Endemic violence in Central African Republic (CAR) is pushing the country towards famine with 63 percent of the population already needing emergency aid, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country said on Wednesday. CAR has been in chaos since 2013, when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted the president, provoking a backlash

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

UN relief wing appeals for record $22.5 billion in aid for 2018

A record level of aid funding – more than $22.5 billion – is needed to deliver lifesaving assistance around the world in 2018, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Friday. Announcing the Global Humanitarian Appeal, Mark Lowcock said that an estimated 136 million people face urgent needs because of

Nigeria grazing ban to stop deadly cattle wars

Nigeria has implemented a controversial ban on cattle grazing they say will bring peace to the area, but opponents have decried as a recipe for anarchy. The ban, in the south-eastern Benue state, follows years violent and often deadly clashes between nomadic Fulani herdsman and local farmers. The herders accuse farmers of

Avoiding the Worst in Central African Republic

Executive Summary As the Central African Republic (CAR) experiences a strong upsurge in violence and armed groups are taking root in the provinces, the national authorities and their international partners have been unable to halt the escalation and find durable solutions to the crisis. So far, the government and the UN

CAR seeks Nigerian help to end UN arms embargo

Photos Jude Johnson      The Central African Republic has requested Nigeria to intervene in ending the United Nations (UN) embargo placed on the country on procurement of military equipment.   The request was made when the CAR Minister of National Defence Mr. Joseph Yakete led a high powered delegation to the Ministry of Defence.   Among

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