Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Central African Republic's woes

After months of rebel forces fighting and the Central African government failing to halt the destruction of the people, ethnic cleansing against Central African Muslims and Chadians has sent many innocent people fleeing in Bangui and towns throughout the country. Neither rebel forces Seleka or Anti-Balaka have called a ceasefire for the people's sake. The combined African Union, Central Africa Republic military or the French troops patrolling the country has failed to halt ethnic cleansing or fully disarm clashing rebels. The French Defence Minister while on an official visit to CAR has also decried the possiblity of ethnic cleansing in the country. President Panza has threatened to fight the Anti-Balaka rebels to halt the ethnic cleansing. There's little chance that the European Union troops' intervention when it comes will help the situation or exacerbate it. Coincidentally it is nearly a year since Mali had its own coup that led to a separatist rebel uprising by the Malian Taureg in Northern Mali. Rebranding themselves as the Movement National for the Liberation of Azwad, the rebels fought months long conflict that almost reached the capital Bamako and would've greatly endangered Bamako residents had the forces not been halted North of the city. Central Africans most likely see a parallel between their conflict and Mali with the same rebel forces causing hell across the country and Bangui. Hundreds of thousands of Central Africans and Chadians are still internally displaced. Hundreds have been killed and continue to live in fear regardless of the peacekeeping troops' presence.

Chad's role behind the scenes in CAR

Meanwhile French President Francois Hollande recently wrapped up a trip to President Obama in United States capital Washington, DC. Hollande, who was eager to intervene in CAR, has now refocused his efforts on US French relationship while attempting to distract the French public's attention away from a recent scandal involving an affair. The lavish but low key state dinner at the White House didn't raise eyebrows among ordinary Americans who went about their business throughout the French President's visit. The exception being President Hollande stopped over in Sicilon Valley in San Francisco bay area to promote the and offer the French government's support to tech industry and collobrations between France and United States. 

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