The United Nations Children’s Fund is urgently calling for greater international awareness to help deal with what Souleymane Diabate (UNICEF Representative in the country) is calling the “forgotten crisis” in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The CAR is a forgotten crisis at the global level. While the world is preoccupied with what is happening in Syria or the Philippines, the situation is very tragic.
The landlocked country is reported to be afflicted by years of volatility and war crimes. Last December, the Séléka rebel coalition set into motion a series of attacks, an invasion that still affects an entire population of 4.6 million people today, this according to UN News Centre.
Albeit a peace treaty was negotiated in January, the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, which subsequently led to the fleeing of President François Bozizé.
The Human Rights Watch recorded images the morning of November 23, 2013, showing portions of a Bangui village, which now lay waste by arson –– some 235 buildings entirely demolished. Commanding Officer, General Abdallah Hamat, told Human Rights Watch that only four homes were burned during the attack.
Because innocents are “bludgeoned to death with Kalashnikov rifles” on a daily basis, thousands of people are dying at the hands of Séléka rebels and militia gangs. The youth, children as young as eight, are “pressganged into fighting between Christians and Muslims.”
The Guardian reports horrific happenings such as beheadings and public execution-style murders, and, as the UN has it, the deliberate killing of civilians, acts of sexual violence against women and children, and the destruction and looting of property, including hospitals, schools and churches. Now, France reports that the “phantom state” is on the brink of genocide.
Since he seized power in March, Michel Djotodia (pictured below), the country’s first leader from the minority Muslim community, has driven more than 10 percent of the 4.6 million people out of their homes. Muslim-Christian sectarian attacks have led to warnings of a genocide as the French reinforcements arrive to the capital.