The Central African Republic has yet to fully emerge from a civil war fought partly along religious lines. Although the Islamist rebel group, Séléka, has been driven out of many parts of the country, attacks against Christians continue in the capital, Bangui, and in the mainly Muslim northeast. Christians have been forced to flee from their villages and are denied access to farming fields. Large groups of Christians live in extremely poor conditions in refugee camps.

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Catholic priest killed, another injured in spate of attacks in CAR

Catholic priest killed, another injured in spate of attacks in CAR

The situation continues to deteriorate in the Central African Republic, with various incidents reported in September. According to local sources, a retired Catholic priest has been killed, another injured, and a Catholic Church compound hosting thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) looted, in separate incidents. On 3 September, Father Robert […]

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UN troops ‘complicit’ in killing of civilians, says MP for Gambo, eastern C. African Republic

UN troops ‘complicit’ in killing of civilians, says MP for Gambo, eastern C. African Republic

A local MP has accused UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) of “complicity” in an attack which claimed dozens of lives, including ten Red Cross workers, in the eastern town of Gambo recently, World Watch Monitor has learned. The MP for Gambo, Michel Kpingo, in a statement (7 August) […]

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Six Red Cross workers among dozens killed in C. African Republic

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This week the UN warned of the risk of genocide once again in the Central African Republic, saying the situation has deteriorated in recent months. Last week, dozens lost their lives in clashes between armed groups in the south-eastern town of Gambo, about 75km from Bangassou, where recent violence has […]

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Central African Republic: ‘early warning signs of genocide’ warns UN aid chief

Central African Republic: ‘early warning signs of genocide’ warns UN aid chief

The UN has warned of the risk of genocide in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying the situation there has deteriorated in recent months. “Violence is intensifying, risking a repeat of the devastating destructive crisis that gripped the country four years ago… The early warning signs of a genocide are […]

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Bishop in C. African Republic wants more effective UN peacekeepers after ‘failure to protect’

Bishop of Bangassou, (CAR), Juan José Aguirre Munoz (World Watch Monitor)

A bishop prevented by escalating violence from returning to his Central African Republic diocese has called for UN peacekeepers there to be replaced with a more effective defence force. Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munoz of Bangassou, who was speaking from the CAR capital, Bangui, also said the Moroccan troops are […]

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Justice needed for CAR ‘war crimes’, says Human Rights Watch

Justice needed for CAR ‘war crimes’, says Human Rights Watch

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed civilians with “wholesale impunity, spurring more violence in the war-torn country”, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday (5 July). The 92-page report, ‘Killing Without Consequence: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and the Special Criminal Court in the Central […]

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CAR’s clerics say ‘war must stop’ as killings continue despite peace agreement

CAR’s clerics say ‘war must stop’ as killings continue despite peace agreement

More than 100 people were killed last week in the Central African Republic (CAR), only a day after a peace agreement was signed by 13 of the country’s 14 armed groups in Rome, brokered by the Catholic peace-building group Sant’Egidio. Rev Nicolas Guérékoyamé-Gbangou, president of the Evangelical Alliance – one […]

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