Central African Republic Interim Leader Cuts Visit in New York Amid Growing Violence in Bangui

Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza Courtesy
Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza Courtesy
Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza Courtesy

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Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza was in September 2015 forced to jet back home through talks in New York after violence escalated in the country’s capital Bangui.

Summary

Latest OSINT summaries indicate that Samba-Panza cut her attendance in the U.N. General Assembly in New York which was hosted by United President Barack Obama an United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to attend to the worsening civil situation in CAR.

Samba-Panza has blamed the latest unrest on supporters of former president Francois Bozize, who was ousted in 2013 by mainly Muslim rebels who fought under the umbrella group Seleka.

Thousands of people have been killed overall in a country that has been effectively divided in two since last year.

The three-day clashes between the Christian Anti-Balaka militia and the Muslim Seleka group group have claimed dozens of lives.

Hundreds of inmates mainly soldiers and militia men were Monday 28th September freed after members of the Anti-Balaka militia attacked a prison.

CAR erupted into violence after Seleka Muslim rebel seized power from the government triggering brutal attacks between Christians and Muslims leaving many dead and thousands homeless mostly Muslims who are the minority.

The international community fears that the recurrent spate of attacks if not tamed may plunge the African country already grappling with sectarian war into the worst civil crisis.

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