How Much Should Africa Issues Soak Up World News Headlines? Nearing Extreme Upsurge in Violence in Central African Republic in the Past Week Disruptive to Climate of PeaceDecember 10, 2013
To outline a few of the key concerns and key words pertinent Central African Republic:
- child soldiers
- between 250 and 400 persons reported dead in the past 5 days, thereabout
- Seleka to ex-Seleka/former Seleka fighters, or those that lay claim to being them, and matters of some of these persons activities not authorized by the government of Central African Republic
- Seleka was formally disbanded at direction of Central African Republic government
- Burundi troops
- African Union Troops
- Is the an absolute 0% non-issue of African Union Troops in regard to what the realities are when they interface with fighters on either or any sides in the Central African Republic, such as biases, and who is loyal to who?
- history of France in the area
- thousands reported to be fleeing the C.A.R.
- NY Times says that those fleeing the region are going to DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- U.S. has some presence in the area, militarily
- France has some kind of presence in the area militarily, and influencing decisions regarding military actions
- This might be viewed as 'stepping out of bounds or place' a bit, however, concerns might be arising that in regions in sub-Saharan and central African areas, U.S. decisions regarding the area are being made to appear to be subservient to the decisions, views, and positions France has taken or takes upon the region. This being presented after the situation that took place in Mali about a year ago, where as it seemed in media reports, France acted as the top key as the intervening spearhead, and the U.S. was nearing course whilst a path was trodden, insofar involvement in the region. Recent announcements on media stories about movement of Burundi troops, looks strikingly similar to almost a repeat of what happened in Mali last year, in the aspect of France making recommendations for intervention, and that the action is on a region where France historically has had colonization. It may well be, that France is the 'expert in the regional area', from Europe countries and the U.S., partially because of their past experience in the region. Britain and Portugal, amongst others, historically have been in the general region, or in areas surrounding, as well. British troops currently in Africa, are not too far off geographically.
- 2 French troops were killed within recent hours, as of 3:00am E.S.T. December 10, 2013
- Masajid, plural for Masjid, place of Muslim worship, have been getting looted, it appears to be from fire bombings of people, taking place in Bangui, especially in the District of Fouh
- The United Nations, U.N., making decisions influencing what goes on in the area
- houses are being looted
- Bangui is the capital, and a main focus of occurring violence of current
- Bangui, in the southwestern part of the country, sits just west of the border of the DRC
- Bossangoa, the city in the prefecture of Ouham, is also at the forefront of areas focused undergoing violence
- Muslim persons being 'hacked to death' outside of Imam, leader of Muslim prayer, house; reported to be in location of Bossangoa
- Over 2,000 troops recently authorized by the U.N. Security Council, according to NY Times
- Area might requiring more clarity is the strengthening of 1600 French troops authorized by the U.N., was this recent weeks, or about this time last year, just now taking effect, or two sets of 1600 troops one from last year and one from this year?
- France24 discusses some of the position Hollande has taken up on the Central African Republic events
- Central African Republic is surrounded geographically by 5 officially recognized countries, Sudan and South Sudan if these are considered 2, would make the list of surrounding countries 6
- Force of M. C. Africa, in the region
- What exactly is 'Anti-Balaka' or 'anti-Balaka', in the context of troops?
- Based on a collection of articles on the subject of strife in C.A.R., anti-Balaka refers to troops, troops in this instance, being used as word for loosely description, for group of persons gathered, forming, and fighting, that have formed to fight against Muslim population in the region. Anti-Balaka depending on the colloquialisms in the region, might not necessarily be an official name for a group, rather an ideology, or general attitude. In the Sango language, Anti-Balaka, means, or translates to, anti-machete, says irinnews. Summarily, that is what those fighters or rebels are being called.
- One of the definitions or names of Balaka is a place in Malawi, which is many miles southeast of the C.A.R., distinguishing from what it is anti-Balaka persons are revolting against
- Anti-balaka fighters in Bossangoa have been shooting persons with homemade guns
- Officially recognized current leader of Central African Republic Michel Djotodia
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Central African Republic's Michel Djotodia: I can't control fighters
Recent violence has killed some 400 people over 3 days
The Associated Press Posted: Dec 08, 2013 3:30 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 08, 2013 3:30 PM ET
Article located at CBC|Radio-Canada site:< http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/central-african-republic-s-michel-djotodia-i-can-t-control-fighters-1.2455936>
Two French soldiers killed in Central African Republic
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:57am EST
NY Times source:
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