Central African Republic


“A Chance At Peace”: UNOPS Highlights Success In Central African Republic

Over 10,000 people across the Central African Republic have received services through a UN-led community violence reduction program. Offered services include vocational training, civics classes, and commercial education. A UN press release today included interviews with several recipients of the program’s services. Sylvie, who survived as a member of an […]


Islamic State Africa – An Inevitability?

In 2018, it was estimated that as many as nine Islamic State ‘cells’ existed across Africa. Whilst lacking their predecessor’s numerical support and contiguous geographical influence, today they constitute a growing menace across the entire continent. Groups professing the ideology of IS now occupy territory in North, West, Central, East […]


No Ceasefire For African Conflicts Amidst COVID-19

Amidst pleas from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, violent conflict in Africa rages on. On March 23, Guterres urged warring parties worldwide to unite against the COVID-19 pandemic by laying down their arms temporarily. “The fury of the virus illustrates the […]


Russia’s Latest Intervention In Mozambique Exemplifies Kremlin’s Ruthless Approach To Geopolitics

As uncertainty reigns across the globe, Russian geopolitical scheming appears to remain as one of few inevitable certainties. In Mozambique, as in Sudan and the C.A.R. before it, Kremlin affiliated PMC ‘Wagner’ has embedded itself within an intra-state conflict in the hope of advancing Moscow’s strategic international agenda. Combining boots […]


Secretary-General Reiterates Appeal for Global Ceasefire

In a public statement by Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, on March 23rd, states and non-state actors around the world were called upon to lay down their arms in the face of the growing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Before a sombre international press conference, he declared, “The virus does not care […]


Reforms Of Colonial Currency In West Africa

On 24th February, Kémi Séba, an anti-colonial and pan-Africanist activist responsible for the formation of the Anti-CFA Front, is set to face trial in Dakar, Senegal, for the illegal burning of a 5,000 CFA franc note at an anti-Françafrique rally held in Dakar on 19th August 2017. Séba was initially […]


Continued Conflict In Central African Republic Is Creating Severe Food Insecurity 1

In the Central African Republic (CAR), a country in the heart of the African continent, rebel militias continue to run amok in an estimated 80% of the country. Arbitrary violence, torture, weaponized rape, and displacement have been daily occurrences for the citizens of the CAR, with as many as half […]


Three Days Of National Mourning In The Central African Republic After Rebel Attacks Leave Over 50 Dead

The president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin-Archange Touadéra, declared three days of national mourning after attacks left over 50 civilians dead in the villages surrounding the north-western village of Paoua, near the border with Chad. The killings, which took place on the 21st of May, are thought to […]


Dozens Of Civilians Killed By Militia In Central African Republic

At least 34 civilians have been left dead and many more wounded following attacks made by armed groups on villages in the northwest of the Central African Republic on 21st May. The attacks, which took place in villages belonging to the Ouham-Pendé Prefecture, were carried out by the rebel militia […]


The Other ‘Heart Of Darkness’: The Overlooked Crisis In The Central African Republic

In the classic and controversial novella titled ‘The Heart of Darkness’,  Joseph Conrad depicts the Belgian colonized territory around the Congo river as a place of intense savagery, madness, and depravity – at least to his European gaze. Conrad took what is now the modern-day Democratic Republic of the Congo […]


Unsafe Water Kills More Children In War Than Bullets, UNICEF Report Finds

A UNICEF Report has found that children under the age of five are 20 times more likely to die from diseases related to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene, than from direct violence as a result of war. Released to coincide with World Water Day, the report emphasises the importance of […]


Where Are They Going?

“The last thing I remember of Syria before we left, was when my mother was taking me from our place to our grandparents. The roads were full of dead people. {…} I left my kitten, my friend, my school. I miss my home a lot. I hope one day we’ll […]


The Long-Term Impact Of Conflict On Food Security In Africa

The requirements for sustainable peace and the motives of conflict fluctuate intensively and differ sporadically throughout the world. The link between hunger and conflict, however, is one that remains all too persistent, according to a joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). […]


Planting Roots In African Soil: Russia And CAR Sign New Military Deal

Less than a month ago, Russia’s growing presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) came to light after the controversial deaths of three Russian journalists who were investigating the Wagner Group, a private military company funded by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin. The […]


Russian Journalists Ambushed And Killed In Central African Republic

Three Russian journalists were ambushed and killed on July 30th in the Central African Republic (CAR). Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko were reportedly attacked while driving near the village Sibut. Several news organizations have reported that they were investigating a private military company called Wagner. According to The […]


UN Peacekeeping And Sexual Assault: Where Are We Now?

It has been over a year since the re-introduction of the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, an issue that has long been rife within the United Nations (UN). Stemming from a resolution adopted on March 10, 2017, the policy stresses the importance of states holding perpetrators accountable, particularly […]


The Role Of Youth In Peace And Conflict In Africa

On December 9th, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted one of the most ground-breaking resolutions in its history; UNSCR 2250 (2015) recognized the need for youths to play an “important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace security.” UNSCR resolution 2250 identified five key […]


ICC Overturns Its Conviction Of Jean-Pierre Bemba In Blow To Human Rights Regime

On June 8, 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba of the two counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity for which he was found guilty of in 2016. Bemba, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had been […]