African Union Peacekeeping

Peacekeepers seize large weapons cache in C. Africa

Published March 17, 2014 by Global Post
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African peacekeepers on Monday announced the seizure of a large weapons cache near Bangui airport in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic.

"This is an important arsenal that would be enough to keep a large part of Bangui under siege," said a source in the MISCA force who asked to remain anonymous.

Restrictions, poor equipment hinder Darfur peace mission

Khartoum — Restrictions by Sudan's government and the inadequate equipment of some peacekeepers in the Darfur region are hindering their ability to protect civilians and aid workers as violence increases, the UN chief says.

Ban Ki-moon made the comments in a review of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which the UN Security Council ordered last July.

African peacekeepers retake strategic Somali towns

Mogadishu — African peacekeepers in Somalia operating with government forces have recaptured several strategic towns in the southwest from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militia, officials said Sunday.

The African Union's AMISOM force announced it had launched a widescale offensive on Thursday against the Islamist fighters in areas near the Ethiopian border.

Civilian protection stressed as Security Council mulls UN force in Central African Republic

Published March 6, 2014 by UN News Centre
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6 March 2014 – Top United Nations officials today underscored the need for urgent action to confront the myriad challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR), as the Security Council considered Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposals for deploying a peacekeeping mission that will be tasked, first and foremost, with protecting civilians in the strife-torn nation.

Central African Republic: Political Wrangling Stymies Car Peacekeeping Force

Published March 3, 2014 by All Africa
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United Nations — Budget constraints in Washington and obstinacy at the highest levels of the African Union (AU) have combined to dangerously delay a possible U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to sources close to negotiations currently underway in New York.

UN Urges Reinforcements for C African Republic

Published February 20, 2014 by ABC News
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for the rapid deployment of at least 3,000 additional troops and police to conflict-wracked Central African Republic to prevent further religious killings that have forced almost one million people to flee their homes and are partitioning the country into Muslim and Christian areas.

That would bring the international forces in the country to more than 11,000.

Central African Republic: 'Ethnic cleansing' of Muslims

Published February 12, 2014 by BBC News
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International peacekeepers have failed to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, a human rights group says.

Militia attacks have led to a "Muslim exodus of historic proportions", according to a report by Amnesty International.

Bangui Muslims thank African peacekeepers

Published February 11, 2014 by World Bulletin
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Muslims living in Bangui, the blood-stained capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), are showering praise on African peacekeepers – particularly those from Rwanda, Burundi and Cameroon – for saving their lives, while scoffing at their French counterparts.

"Rwandan, Burundian and Cameroonian troops have saved the lives of many Muslims who would have otherwise been lynched by angry Christian mobs in Bangui," Abdulaye Tijani, a resident of Kilometer 5, a predominantly Muslim district of Bangui, told Anadolu Agency.

3-star AFRICOM commander details future missions on the continent

Published February 10, 2014 by Military Times
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The Marine Corps’ partnership with African military forces is likely to expand as those nations look to the U.S. for the training and expertise they need to combat violent extremist organizations, insurgencies, piracy or threatening neighbors, according to a top officer at U.S. Africa Command.

Fifteen of the 20 most fragile nations in the world — those on the brink of collapse — are in Africa, as are more than half the U.S. embassies that the State Department calls “high risk” and in need of additional Marine security guards.

“They Came To Kill”: Escalating Atrocities in the Central African Republic

Author(s): 
Human Rights Watch
Date Published: 
December 19, 2013

This 43-page report, based on weeks of field research in Ouham province, documents the surge in violence by Christian anti-balaka (“anti-machete”) militias since September 2013. The anti-balaka have killed several hundred Muslims, burned their homes, and stolen their cattle. So-called ex-Seleka forces, former members of the predominantly Muslim rebel alliance that overthrew the government in March, retaliated against Christians with the apparent knowledge of their commanders.

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