Abdoulaye Miskine, founder and head of the Democratic Front of the Central African People, was offered a government position under the Khartoum peace accord but is accused of looking to hire fighters.
Violence erupted in Bria, in a diamond-rich region, at the weekend between Runga and Gula and Kara groups, UN peacekeeping force spokesperson Vladimir Monteiro said.
For over 70 years, the United Nations has functioned as a bastion for human rights and defender of the most vulnerable. But what happens when those whose task it is to protect the poor and the weak, women and children -become perpetrators themselves?
The fighting began after traders in a mainly Muslim district called PK5 took up arms to oppose taxes levied by militia groups, an imam at a local mosque said.
Central African Republic signs agreement following two weeks of talks in Sudanese capital Khartoum. But peace is fragile as similar deals in 2014, 2015 and 2017 all fell apart.
The agreement represents rare hope for the impoverished, landlocked nation where inter-religious and inter-communal fighting has continued since 2013.
The UN branch operating air services in the conflict-hit Central African Republic is running out of funds, jeopardising food and medical supplies for hundreds of thousands of people.
A new UN report indicates that thousands of children, mostly boys, have been recruited by the armed groups and thousands of more, most of them girls, are sexually exploited and abused during the five years of fighting in Central African Republic.
The UN mission in the restive African country says bodies were found in the central town of Alindao after armed groups clashed.
One of the world’s poorest nations has become a battleground for foreign powers and criminal gangs vying for influence over its vast diamond and gold resources.
The UN has gotten scrutiny in recent years over claims of child rape and other sexual abuse by peacekeepers, and the four-year-old mission in Central African Republic has been confronted with a particularly high number of claims.
Alexander Rastorguyev, Kirill Radchenko and Orhan Dzhemal were killed in the Central African Republic while reporting on the Wagner Group, a Russian military contractor company.
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