Central African Republic

Living in the Shadow of Genocide

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

We live, 20 years after the murder of an estimated 800,000 people, in the shadow of Rwanda. And this weekend, on the anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, is a good time to contemplate the significance of that shadow.

Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Tuesday 25 March

Jody Thompson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Jody Thompson

Lots of great stuff to take your fancy on our frontpage today, leading with Rob Williams, chief exec of War Child UK on how the forgotten crisis in the Central African Republic, David Mellor on why the England squad needs John Terry, Richard Branson on looking after your staff and artist Stella Vine on the inspirational joys of the countryside...

The World's Forgotten Crisis

Rob Williams | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Rob Williams

A new War Child report, released this week, marks exactly a year since a coup sent the Central African Republic (CAR), a country mired in protracted emergency, spiralling into even deeper crisis. We are also two weeks away from the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide - a tragedy which robust peacekeeping could have prevented. If you think this could never happen again, have a look at CAR, where children as young as three years old have been raped and left with horrific injuries. Other children have been killed, maimed and even beheaded.

Why We Need to Think Again About How We Deal With Humanitarian Crises

William Garvelink | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
William Garvelink

As disasters continue to increase in lives lost and in damage costs it is time for the international community to look again at the fundamentals of disaster response and invest in training the real First Responders, the families and communities affected by these emergencies.

Trucking Instead of Protecting: How International Militaries and Aid Agencies Are Failing Civilians in CAR

Karline Kleijer | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Karline Kleijer

In a show of pragmatism seemingly incompatible with their stated mandate, international forces in CAR have been providing protection to convoys of Muslims trying to leave towns and villages in fear of certain death, instead of stopping attacks against them.

#ReleaseMoazzam

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.

GRAPHIC PICTURES: 'Mad Dog' Cannibal Pictured Eating Flesh Of Second Muslim Man After CAR Lynchings

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Disturbing images which apparently show a man cutting flesh from the burning body of a Muslim man and licking the bloodied knife have emerged from the...

Crisis in Central African Republic

Ian Lucas | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

The scale of the violence, which has intensified since November, has escalated rapidly. More than 1,000 people have died in the last month alone. A widespread culture of impunity has rendered women particularly vulnerable and sexual violence is being used to terrorise groups within the country. A million people have fled or been displaced from their homes, compounding the already desperate humanitarian crisis. Amidst the horror, there is also confusion - from those struggling to make sense of a conflict in a country where Christian and Muslim communities have coexisted peacefully in the past and where, now, intense religious division is leading to horrific violence.

'Mad Dog' Cannibal Eats Muslim Victim's Leg In Central African Republic

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

UPDATE: 'Mad Dog' Cannibal Pictured Eating Flesh Of Second Muslim Man After CAR Lynchings (GRAPHIC PICTURES) The BBC named the man as "Mad Dog", wh...

A Rush of Journalists

Nazanine Moshiri | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Nazanine Moshiri

There have been very few direct threats towards international journalists in the country, but getting caught up in the crossfire, being robbed, or even sexually assaulted are all daily risks. Some writers still managed to get the story out from a distance, relying on telephone or email interviews, and press releases from Human Rights Watch or Doctors Without Borders to embellish their copy. So, what changed?

Central African Republic Teeters on the Brink of Catastrophe

Justin Forsyth | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

I have just returned from a week in the Central African Republic (CAR). I was shocked by what I witnessed. Dead bodies littering the streets. Children shot and injured in the fighting. Hundreds of thousands of families driven into the bush by fear, living out in the open with no food or shelter. In the capital, thousands huddled around a monastery frightened for their lives. I will never forget the fear in the eyes of the children I met.

'He Lies Motionless on the Road': Peacekeeping Soldier Shot in Central African Republic

Alex Thomson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Alex Thomson

Almost at once one of the soldiers falls, apparently shot, a few metres forward of our position. He lies motionless on the road. Their target appeared to be civilians who had run up a side street from the main airport road.

Catching Fire: National Interest and the Central African Republic

Alexandra Buskie | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Buskie

Time is of the essence. Early action could make the difference between dampening an escalating sectarian conflict and allowing it to blaze unbound. If the international community is unmoved by moral arguments, then surely the security consequences of this situation persuade.

My Central African Experience

Seyi Rhodes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Seyi Rhodes

Working on Unreported World in a country like CAR is physically and emotionally draining. Painful even. At the end of it you come back to the UK with a load of footage and it's like arriving back from hospital with a new-born - that feeling I do know. You're filled with a mixture of fear and responsibility, knowing you have to do the story and the people justice.

No Mother Left Behind - What the Millenium Development Goals Mean for the Mothers of the Central African Republic

Laura Jepson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Laura Jepson

This week marks 100 days since the report of the high level panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As eminent persons and development academics once again turn their thoughts to what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it's worth remembering what these debates really mean for mothers and babies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Scandal of Child Soldiers in Africa Must Stop

Evgeny Lebedev | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK
Evgeny Lebedev

While my travels meant I'd heard of the Central African Republic - unlike many people in the West - and I knew of the huge problem of child soldiers in the region, it was truly eye-opening and enlightening to see the situation up close, particularly the brave work of the UNICEF workers risking their lives to negotiate their release. Thousands of children in the country, out of a population of only 5million, have been abducted, tricked or coerced into fighting.

Polio: Why we Need to Keep on Fighting

Carolyn Miller | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Carolyn Miller

Like most people who have grown up in the UK, I used to think of polio as more or less eradicated.

Briton Cleared Of Mass Murder In Africa

PA | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK

A British pilot who was jailed in Africa on suspicion of mass murder after discovering the victims of an apparent massacre has been cleared of all cha...