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Jan 16, 2014

‘Seeds of genocide’ in Central African Republic, U.N. warns

BANGUI/GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior U.N. official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a more robust international response to communal bloodshed in which at least eight more people were killed overnight.

The former French colony descended into chaos after a mostly Muslim rebel coalition, Seleka, seized power in March, unleashing a wave of killings and looting that sparked revenge attacks by Christian militia known as “anti-balaka” (anti-machete).

Jan 7, 2014

Aid workers get food to airport camp in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) – Aid workers in the Central African Republic finally delivered supplies on Tuesday to more than 100,000 people who have sought refuge at the airport outside the capital to escape religious violence that has gripped the country.

Long lines of people who fled their homes queued in hot conditions for food and other goods. Two previous aid delivery efforts had been aborted, raising tensions at the airport, but the delivery helped to ease the situation, witnesses said.

Dec 13, 2013

World watching, will act on Central African Republic crimes: U.N.

BANGUI (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday warned groups carrying out atrocities in the Central African Republic the world was watching and would hold them to account, after the killings of hundreds of people, mainly civilians.

The warning from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came a day after a militia killed 27 Muslims in a village outside the capital, Bangui, underscoring the challenge international troops face stabilizing the country.

Dec 13, 2013

World watching, will act on C.African Republic crimes – UN

BANGUI, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday
warned groups carrying out atrocities in the Central African
Republic the world was watching and would hold them to account,
after the killings of hundreds of people, mainly civilians.

The warning from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came a
day after a militia killed 27 Muslims in a village outside the
capital, Bangui, underscoring the challenge international troops
face stabilising the country.

Dec 13, 2013

Militia attack in Central African Republic kills 27: U.N.

BANGUI (Reuters) – A militia group has killed 27 Muslims in a village in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said on Friday, in an attack underscoring the difficulties faced by French troops in stabilizing their former colony.

The Christian militia, known as anti-Balaka, killed the Muslims on Thursday in Bohong, a village about 75 km (47 miles) from the far western town of Bouar, the U.N. Human Rights office said.

Dec 13, 2013

Central African Republic humanitarian crisis mounts even as attacks ease

BANGUI (Reuters) – As the base for French forces in Central African Republic, Bangui airport is one of the safest places in town. It is now also home to around 30,000 civilians who have fled fighting between Christian and Muslim militia.

Even here, though, fear is palpable and access to the displaced, who are sprawled out across a large field or sheltering among rusting carcasses of abandoned airplanes, is controlled by Christian militia men and boys, some of whom are armed with machetes.

Dec 12, 2013
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Religious leaders seek calm in tense Central African Republic

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(People are seen looting in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun)

Religious leaders sought reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic on Wednesday during a lull in violence that has killed hundreds of people and drawn in French troops seeking to stop the bloodshed.

Dec 10, 2013

Violence persists in Central African Republic, where Hollande due

BANGUI (Reuters) – Crowds attacked a mosque, looted houses and torched cars in Central African Republic’s capital on Tuesday, hours before French President Francois Hollande was due to visit.

Two French soldiers were killed overnight in an attack by gunmen in the capital, France’s first casualties in an operation to restore stability in its former colony, which is racked by fighting between Muslims and Christians.

Dec 10, 2013

Two French soldiers killed in Central African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Two French soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in Central African Republic, France’s first casualties in an operation to restore stability in its former colony, the French government said on Tuesday.

The country has descended into chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in March and embarked on months of looting, raping and killing. Seleka’s leader, Michel Djotodia, installed as the interim president, has lost control of his loose band of fighters.

Dec 10, 2013

Two French soldiers killed in C. African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Two French soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in Central African Republic, France’s first casualties in an operation to restore stability in its former colony, the French government said on Tuesday.

The country has descended into chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in March and embarked on months of looting, raping and killing. Seleka’s leader, Michel Djotodia, installed as the interim president, has lost control of his loose band of fighters.