Parasite CAR rebel groups impose illegal taxes

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from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) ARMED groups in control of towns in the chaotic Central African Republic (CAR) are fleecing communities through illegal taxes in order to boost their coffers.

The trend has been noted in the northwestern Paoua region where some 30 000 people have fled the fighting to take refuge from the clashes close to the border with Chad.

Humanitarian agencies reported that owing to the economic crisis triggered by the civil war, rival armed groups were struggling and found illegal taxes on terrified communities to raise funds.

The armed group use any excuse to impose a tax for use of roads, ownership of cattle or even living in victims’ homes against homeowners’ will.

“The violence is not only characterised by fighting between armed groups, targeted attacks against the population and the numbers of people left dead or wounded,” said Gwenola François, Doctors Without Borders head of mission.

“It is fostered by the incapacity of state authority to provide security in much of the country and the proliferation of armed men who live off people’s backs.”

Members of the Revolution and Justice and fighters of Movement for the Liberation of the CAR have been engaged in violent clashes in the region.

Doctors Without Borders has in recent days treated 13 victims of the fighting and attacks.

“This is very little, taking into account the number of displaced people who reached Paoua and the extreme violence they report to our teams,” said François.

Rival Christian extremists and Muslim radicals are wreaking havoc in CAR.

– CAJ News




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Posted by on Jan 10 2018. Filed under Africa & World, Featured, Finance, Finance & Banking, News, Regional. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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