Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent
Last Modified: 23:16 p.m. DST, 18 December 2013
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, Africa – I first wrote about the Central African Republic’s deplorable conditions in September, and the situation has worsened since. Luckily, the international community has recently made much larger efforts to step in, intervene, and restore stability but there is still immense and lofty work to be done.
From December 5th through 7th, UNICEF reported that within those 72 hours alone, 60,000 citizens were displaced and 394 were killed. At this point a week ago, the internally displaced persons count had risen to half a million people.
After this extremely deadly period of three days, France finally decided to send in troops to this area and militarily push to end the conflict.
Although international presence may help resolve this conflict in the main hotspots, the destruction and horrors are continuing across the country in small villages and areas isolated from help.
IDP camps are popping up across the country, and as they do, these displaced persons also lack access to adequate shelter, sanitation, food and water. These problems are thus mounting and exponentially piling on top of one another, so more must be done before the damage is irreversible and before more innocent people die.
This international intervention also follows the successful work by the UN and MONUSCO to shut down the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so this could hopefully be a precedent for how to end the rebellious conflict in the Central African Republic. If the UN and its diverse troops were able to tackle several conflicts such as these, this may set a much needed tone for African states that murderous rebels will not be tolerated.
- African Union boosts troop levels in CAR (kcci.com)
- U.S. to start transporting Burundi troops (cnn.com)
- Bloodshed in Central African Republic no surprise to former child soldier (thestar.com)
- A Spiraling Crisis in the Central African Republic (world.time.com)
- NGO slams U.N. over Central African Republic (kcci.com)
- U.S. military aircraft to aid African mission (kcci.com)