Minors caught between CAR warring parties

minors-disabled-conflictFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN are bearing the brunt of the civil war in Central African Republic where they are recruited as soldiers, killed, maimed and raped by peacekeepers, government and rebel forces.
Children are used as shields in attacks against United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR attacks on schools and denial of humanitarian access are worsening the situation.
In response, the United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has written to all armed groups, in particular the ex-Séléka coalition, local defense militias known as anti-Balaka and the Lord’s Resistance Army to cease the violations.
Government has been urged to prioritise the protection and relief to all children affected by armed conflict.
The UN group also expressed distress over allegations of rape of children and sexual exploitation and abuse against children by UN peacekeepers.
It called upon the UN and relevant member states to investigate and hold perpetrators accountable.
CAR descended into chaos in 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian nation, toppling President Francois Bozize and sparking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka militias.
A poll held in 2016 saw the election of Faustin-Archange Touadera as president but his government has failed to convince armed groups to lay arms.
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