Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent
Last Modified: 21:41 p.m. DST, 12 September 2013
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, Africa – A few United Nations agencies have released new reports that disclose the dire statistics of the current status of the Central African Republic (CAR). Although a peace agreement was reached in January between the national government and the Séléka rebel coalition, the rebels soon reclaimed the capital of Bangui and have since repeatedly stirred up violence and lawlessness through the volatile country.
The newest UN reports reveal that villages are still being burned to the ground by armed militants which has forced thousands to flee their homes and seek basic human necessities. It is has been calculated that over a third of the country’s population of 4.6 million people are in desperate need of food, shelter, healthcare, water, protection and sanitation.
This is clearly a huge humanitarian crisis, and poses a threat to the ever-increasing unstable region. The DRC to the south has its own civil conflict raging on, and refugees from the CAR are fleeing into neighboring Chad and Cameroon daily.
As torture, looting, kidnapping, assaults and extortion continue through the country, UN agencies are trying to provide all of the assistance they can, but it is imperative that the central government regain control of the country and put an end to the rebels’ stronghold on power. As long as the rebels have unchecked power, they will continue to ravage the countryside for food, supplies, and potential human capital.
- U.N. raises alarm over lack of rule of law in Central African Republic (upi.com)
- Chaos in Central African Republic (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- UN concerned over CAR rights abuses (rinf.com)
- Save the Children issues warning over abuse and armed forces recruitment in Central African Republic (abc.net.au)
- Christians in Central African Republic Vulnerable as Chaos Continues (voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com)
- UN team find burned villages, abuse in C.Africa (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)