Bangui, Central African Republic
By Siegfried Modola
Decades of poor governance in Central African Republic followed by over a year of sectarian conﬂict and chronic insecurity has crippled even the most basic government services in the country.
A new interim government is faced with the mammoth task of resuscitating the nation’s infrastructure while attempting to bring peace and stability, paving the way for presidential elections next year.
As the divide between Christians and Muslims in CAR grows ever deeper – with the U.N.’s head human rights ofﬁcial saying that atrocities are being committed with impunity – it is clear that the transitional government together with the African Union and French peacekeepers are struggling to enforce the rule of law.
Brutal acts of violence are committed nearly every day in the streets of Bangui and in other parts of the country. Most of them are left unpunished; there simply isn’t any government manpower to bring those who carry out such crimes to justice.
I decided it was important to visit and document the central prison in Bangui to see how the state was handling the detention of criminals under such difﬁcult circumstances.