CAR rebels launch brutal war against children

rebels’ coup in CARFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC,
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ARMED groups are increasingly murdering, abducting,raping and recruiting children during renewed fighting in the lawless Central African Republic (CAR).
In several recent incidents in the eastern Bria, militants raped 14 girls aged nine to 16 years while the minors had left refugee camps to travel home for their personal belongings.Many crimes of sexual violence continue to go unreported.
In another incident in Bangassou in the southeast, five children aged between two and 16 years were brutally killed while attempting to cross the Oubangui River to seek refuge in Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a nearby village, armed rebels have kidnapped eight boys aged 13 to 17.One has been killed, while the kidnappers demand ransom to free the others.
Children’s agencies lamented that the true number of atrocities suffered by children over the past three months in CAR was almost certain to be much higher than officially reported figures because humanitarian access in many areas has been severely limited by insecurity.
In addition to the brutal crimes, the intensification of violent conflict and related operations by armed groups has resulted in thousands of children being denied rights to education and health.It is estimated that a total of 94 000 primary school children could not take their end of year examinations because of school closures due to
“Children in CAR have suffered disproportionately from the waves of violence that have swept the country over the past three years,” said Christine Muhigana, United Nations local representative.
Meanwhile, looting by armed groups has led to the closure of many health centres.
– CAJ News

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