CAR rebels kill refugees for alleged witchcraft

from OMAN MBIKO in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR)
BANGUI, (CAJ News) – A rebel group controlling the restive Central African Republic (CAR) has executed two refugees accused of witchcraft.

This is the latest in a series of violence against millions of people displaced by the conflicts between rival armed groups.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said the civilians were executed at a refugee camp in Batangafo in the northwestern Ohuam Prefecture (Province).

There have been seven human rights incidents at Batangafo refugee sites since the beginning of May, the UN humanitarian agency said.

“In addition, there are frequent threats of reprisals that refugees face during tensions and conflicts between elements of armed groups,” said a UNOCHA spokesperson.

Armed groups consisting of Christian militias and Muslim radicals control major almost the entire CAR.

Since the beginning of the school year, only six schools are functioning, out of the 34, in Batangafo because of the security situation.

In Nana-Gribizi, also in the northwest of CAR, all humanitarian activities remain suspended as a result of conflict.

The situation is a result of renewed armed crime which has been observed in the area for several weeks and which also affects humanitarian actors.

During the past week, six new incidents were recorded in the city of Kaga-Bandoro, including four impacting humanitarian workers.

Conflict has characterised CAR since a rebellion by Muslim rebels in 2013.
– CAJ News

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