Central Africa envoy urges UNSC to stay focused on LRA rebel threat

Central Africa envoy urges UNSC to stay focused on LRA rebel threat

The United Nations (UN) envoy for the Central Africa region warned the UN Security Council on Tuesday not to underestimate the continued threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), particularly as troop withdrawals create space for potential further instability. François Loucény Fall, the Special Representative and head of the UN…

C.A.R refugees fleeing violence into neighboring DR Congo

C.A.R refugees fleeing violence into neighboring DR Congo

Renewed fighting in May between rebel forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced another 88,000 people from their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. The growing number of refugees includes more than 20,000 people who have fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo, many of them…

Humanitarian groups pull back after repeated C.A.R. attacks

Humanitarian groups pull back after repeated C.A.R. attacks

Attacks on aid workers in northern Central African Republic (CAR) have led four international humanitarian organizations to temporarily suspend work in the region, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in CAR said in a Thursday statement. Reuters is reporting that Solidarités International, Intersos, Danish Church Aid, and…

Sierra Leone reports rare case of #monkeypox

A rare case of monkeypox has been reported in Western Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a joint statement issued with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Friday, WHO confirmed that a 35-year-old male remains in hospital in the coastal Pujehun district near the Liberian…

France promises €100 million to C.A.R as Touadera wraps up visit

France says it has committed €100 million to development initiatives in the Central African Republic (CAR), including road infrastructure projects in the north and east regions of the country. Funds also will be used to improve the situation in Bambari, RFI Africa reports. The announcement came as President Faustin-Archange Touadera…

François Hollande’s Legacy in Africa

In recent history, few world leaders have been as unpopular as France’s François Hollande. Rising unemployment, tabloid scandals, unpopular legal reforms, and a faltering economy have all led the President to confirm that he won’t stand for re-election in 2017. While Hollande’s presidency has been ridiculed in France, his legacy…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Report: Conflict diamonds from C.A.R. take Cameroon route to market

Conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) are entering Cameroon and the legal supply chain due to poor controls, smuggling and corruption, Partnership Africa Canada said in a new report. The report explores how Cameroon is failing to meet the Kimberley Protocol (KP) standards for certification to ensure that trading of conflict diamonds…

CAR: 20 candidates call to suspend the vote count

20 of the 30 candidates competing for the position of president in Central African Republic have demanded that authorities halt the vote count due to what they consider to be abnormalities in the ballot, reported Reuters. Polling stations opened on the morning of Wednesday December 30 after numerous delays. The…

Polls open in CAR

The much delayed presidential elections are going ahead today in the Central African Republic. Polling stations opened this morning with the hope that the awaited elections will bring some stability to the country by returning democratic rule. CAR has gone through many years of violence after President Francois Bozize was…

CAR: elections delayed by three days

Yesterday, the Central African Republic’s National Election Authority announced that the presidential and legislative elections will be delayed by three days. The elections were scheduled for Sunday December 27 and now will be held on Wednesday December 30. Prime Minister Muhamat Kamoun said that the delay was “to allow for…