Humanitarians kidnapped in CAR reign of militants

After the SelekaFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ARMED groups have kidnapped aid workers, abducted civilians and robbed churches in the worsening conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The skirmishes in the south-eastern parts of the country have left hundreds homeless after houses were set on fire.
The city of Bangassou in the province of Mbomou is worst affected by the inter-communal violence.
Najat Rochdi, the humanitarian coordinator in the Central African country, condemned the incidents which have occurred as the humanitarian community still tries to meet the needs created by earlier anarchy in May.
Again, members of armed groups and communities participated in the violence.
“Violent incidents on the site of displaced people in the area and the kidnapping of civilians and humanitarian workers are not acceptable and must be condemned by all,” said Rochdi.
Rochdi also condemned attacks on humanitarian convoys,facilities and personnel since last week.
“Any attack on humanitarian personnel and their facilities constitutes a serious violation of international law,” she warned.CAR is beset by violence perpetrated by Muslim radicals and Christian die-hards.
In 2012, rebels opened a military campaign against the government of Francois Bozizé.
Their violent campaign has also rendered the current administration of Faustin-Archange Touadéra futile.
Armed groups involved in the conflict have recruited as many as 10 000 children.
– CAJ News

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