Central African Republic: 15 killed by Rebels

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20 December 2021

Attacks in early December claimed the lives of 15 civilians, led to mutilations and forced  1,500 to flee from their homes

According to the United Nation's Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic (CAR), the December attacks broke out in the central east of the country causing at least 15 deaths in Boyo, east of Bangui. Furthermore,  “cases of amputation, extortion and destruction of homes and the displacement of almost 1,500 people” were reported, for which Christians and followers of the animist religion anti-Balaka were blamed.

Back in December 2020, a rebel coalition sought to overthrow President Faustin-Archange Touadera and aimed at preventing his re-election. With the purpose of opening a national dialogue, Touadera declared a unilateral ceasefire concerning the fight against the rebels on 15 October 2021. An attack on a village in the northwest in which soldiers and civilians died in November 2021 was blamed by several opposition parties on 3R (Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation), formed by fighters belonging to the Fulani ethnic group, which is one of the most powerful armed groups in the country.

Being one of the poorest countries in the world, the CAR plunged into this bloody civil war after a coup d’etat in 2013 and has been striving to find lasting peace ever since.


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Author: Dina Tarek; Editor: Timo Knaebe

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