Overall levels of violence in the Mbomou-Uele border region* continued to decline in November compared to previous months, in part because the LRA committed fewer attacks (two) and abductions (zero) than it has in any month since at least June 2008. However, intercommunal conflict in Haut Mbomou and Mbomou prefectures of Central African Republic (CAR) did continue in November 2017, with armed men from the Peuhl community committing two attacks in which at least 20 civilians were killed.
*Les niveaux de violence dans la région frontalière Mbomou-Uélé * ont continué de baisser en Novembre par rapport aux mois précédents, en partie parce que la LRA a commis le moins d’attaques (deux) et le moins d’enlèvements (zéro) par mois depuis le mois de Juin 2008. Cependant, les conflits intercommunautaires dans les préfectures du Haut Mbomou et du Mbomou en République Centrafricaine (RCA) se sont poursuivis en Novembre 2017, avec des hommes armés de la communauté Peuhl qui ont commis deux attaques dans lesquels au moins 20 civils ont été tués.*
Les groupes armés ont été responsables de sept attaques contre des civils en Octobre 2017, le chiffre le plus faible de la région frontalière Mbomou-Uélé depuis le début de 2017. Sur les sept attaques, quatre ont été commises par des groupes de l’Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (LRA) en République Centrafricaine. Deux autres attaques dans l’est de la RCA ont été liés à des tendances récentes de violence intercommunautaire et de compétition entre les groupes armés ex-Séléka et anti-balaka.
(New York) - Today's unanimous decision by the UN Security Council to add a further 900 peacekeepers to the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) was welcomed by a group of 16 non-governmental organisations including Aegis Trust, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Mercy Corps, and Invisible Children.
The situation in the country has been worsening in recent months, with fighting between rival militias forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes, and rendering 2.4m in need of humanitarian assistance.
Au troisième trimestre (Juillet-Septembre) 2017, les affrontements entre les groupes armés et les attaques contre des civils ont continué à dominer l’environnement sécuritaire de la région frontalière du Mbomou-Uélé. En République Centrafricaine (RCA), les combats impliquant des factions ex-Séléka, anti-balaka et d’autres acteurs armés étaient concentrés dans des villes telles que Bria (préfecture de la Haute Kotto) et Zemio (préfecture du Haut Mbomou), tandis que la sécurité s’est améliorée dans d’autres localités, comme Bangassou (préfecture de Mbomou).
Clashes between armed groups and attacks on civilians continued to dominate the security landscape in the Mbomou-Uele border region* in Quarter 3 (July–September) 2017. In eastern Central African Republic (CAR), fighting involving ex-Seleka factions, anti-balaka militias, and other armed actors was concentrated in towns such as Bria (Haute Kotto prefecture) and Zemio (Haut Mbomou prefecture), while security improved in other locations, such as Bangassou (Mbomou prefecture).
Obo is a small, very remote community in the southeastern corner of the Central African Republic (CAR). It’s so remote that it’s often referred to as Africa’s “Pole of Inaccessibility” — meaning it’s one of the toughest places on the continent to reach. It’s also where one of our field offices is located and where much of our Invisible Children CAR team calls home.
The End of the U.S. and Ugandan Counter-LRA Missions in Central Africa
Civilians targeted in eastern CAR, LRA transports ivory through DRC
The following is a press release (408.34 kB) signed by 35 INGO's working in the Central African Republic
Bangui, August 11th 2017
Following the escalation of violence in many parts of the country, NGOs signatories, members of the INGO Coordination Committee (CCO) in the Central African Republic (CAR) call for an increased protection of civilians and an improved humanitarian access to allow the affected population access to vital aid.
As NGOs working across CAR, we witness the impact of violence on the civilian population on a daily basis:
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RCA : Le regain de violence contre les civils menace la fourniture de l’aide humanitaire essentielle et la survie des populations fragilisées par la crise.
Sectarian tensions steadily escalated in eastern Central African Republic (CAR) in the first six months of 2017. In June, violence spread from Haut Kotto and Mbomou prefectures into the communities of Zemio and Mboki in neighboring Haut Mbomou prefecture. Attacks by ex-Seleka, anti-balaka, and armed Peuhl have killed at least 346 civilians in the three prefectures since January 2017, including 177 in June alone.
One year ago this month, a group of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fighters released 12 women and children, handing them over to one of our local partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The LRA group also passed along a message that they would release more captives if the 12 women and children were well cared for. We asked for your support to help us care for the released women and children, rapidly broadcast “Come Home” radio messages targeting this LRA group, and equip local communities to safely receive LRA escapees.
Armed groups have killed 220 civilians and abducted 96 others in eastern Central African Republic (CAR) since January 2017, while also killing eight peacekeepers from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA). Leadership from the UN Security Council and U.S. government is needed to expand community-based early warning, resilience, and social cohesion programs in eastern CAR and ensure MINUSCA more effectively implements its protection of civilians mandate.
In central Africa, where remoteness and limited infrastructure cause many communities to be isolated from each other and the world around them, FM radio can be a powerful tool for connection. Whether in a larger town, a small nomadic community, or deep in the forest, many people, including fighters in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), listen to the radio.
In the last decade, hundreds of individuals have escaped or been released from captivity in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Some have been women and children, released in large groups by LRA commanders. Many were held captive for a few days, forced to porter goods looted from their own homes. Hundreds were held captive for years, made to fight as soldiers or forced into marriages with LRA officers in camps hidden deep in the forest before finally seizing an opportunity to escape.
Local leaders are at the heart of everything we do to end violence and exploitation in vulnerable communities in central Africa. One of the many resourceful leaders developing innovative solutions to keep communities safe from violence is Maurille, who works with our community partner in the Central African Republic (CAR), Vie et Espoir.