- Jun 23, 2021
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized the Central African Republic’s security and allied forces in a new report for an “unprecedented increase in hostile threats and incidents” targeting U.N. peacekeepers and alleged human rights abuses.
The Central African Republic needs “radical change,” according to Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the archbishop of the capital, Bangui.
The U.N. Security Council approved an increase of nearly 3,700 military and police to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Central African Republic on Friday to help reverse the deteriorating security situation in the conflict-torn nation where violence has increased since last December’s presidential election.
Calling for peace in the Central African Republic, local bishops have argued that the country has “suffered too much from external plots with local complicities” to not work together to foster a lasting peace.
Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic warned of food shortages and a refugee exodus, as two-thirds of the country was in rebel control in early January.
Bishop Juan José Aguirre of Bangassou, Central African Republic, says the city “is paralyzed” by post-election violence.
Polish Capuchin Franciscan missionaries have opened the first music school in the Central African Republic in hopes of preventing children from being drafted into paramilitary groups.
Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic warned most of their country is in the hands of armed bands and “ferocious mercenaries” and urged voters to find candidates who can free it “from oppression, misery and ignorance” in upcoming elections.