Rebel groups murder at will in CAR

CAR Rebel groupsFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SERIOUS fighting between rival armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have left at least 14 people dead and 76 injured over the past month.
The bandits appear to have deliberately targeted the deceased during the main clashes in the central town of Bria.
Three other civilians are missing and presumed dead.
The deaths, which occurred during the most serious violence between groups since the Seleka fractured in 2014, highlight the need for United Nations peacekeepers deployed in CAR to exercise their mandate and use force to protect civilians.
“UN peacekeepers should anticipate these incidents and use force to protect these vulnerable people, as their mandate allows,” Human Rights Watch Africa researcher, Lewis Mudge, said in Nairobi, Kenya.
UN has 12 870 peacekeepers deployed across the country but have come under criticism for failure to stop the marauding groups.
The deployment of additional troops has not helped either.
The fighting displaced up to 10 000 people from Bria, a town of approximately 43 000. At least 7 000 are in a makeshift camps around the UN peacekeeping base.

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