UN peacekeeper killed and two injured in Central African Republic

UN peacekeepers patrol along a street in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic UN peacekeepers patrol along a street in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic Reuters

14 July 2020

Attack to a convoy in northwest Central African Republic (CAR) kills a United Nations peacekeeper

On 13 July 2020, the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) armed group allegedly ambushed a United Nations (UN) convoy in the Gedze area of the Nana-Mambéré prefecture, in the northwest CAR. The UN officially condemned the attack in a statement.

Since 2013, the African State has been rocked by violence, in particular when mostly Muslim Selaka rebels deposed then-president François Bozize, which led Christian militias attack in reprisal. In 2014, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was launched, and UN peacekeepers were deployed in CAR. Since then, according to the UN, the conflict has uprooted more than one million people.

Despite violence waned after a peace accord signed in February 2019 between the government and 14 armed groups, including 3R, the agreement quickly fell apart. MINUSCA recently reported that this new criminal attack constitutes a new violation of the peace agreement by the 3R and its leader, Abass Sidiki.

Multiple attacks attributed to its rebels have been reported in the same region after the group’s leader withdrawal from the 2019 agreement. Consequently, tensions increased across Nana-Mambéré preceding more widespread rebel activity, with hundreds of civilians reported to have fled remote communities in some areas.


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Author: Barbara Caltabiano; Editor: Gianmarco Italia

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