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Vol 58 No 11

Published 26th May 2017

Central African Republic

Militias change gear as violence surges

Peacekeepers, aid workers and refugees are all at greater threat as the ethnic dimension increases in importance

Aid workers in the north of Central African Republic were in the process of withdrawing their personnel from increasing danger when anti-Balaka guerrillas struck far to the south and killed four United Nations peacekeepers on 8 May. The four international aid organisations temporarily withdrawing their workers from parts of northern CAR were France's Solidarités internationale, Italy's Intersos, Danish Church Aid and Person in Need Relief Mission. All were working in the Ouham Préfecture. Fighting there has escalated since February, especially between the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC), which increasingly represents Fulani (Peuhl) cattle-herders, on the one side and a loose coalition of the Mouvement politique pour la Centrafrique (MPC) and Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) militias, alongside anti-Balaka fighters.

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