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Children 'beheaded and mutilated' in Central African Republic, says Unicef

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    The UN agency for children says attacks against children have reached new levels of viciousness in theCentral African Republic(CAR), where fighting between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced an estimated 400,000 in Bangui, the capital, this month.

    According to Unicef, at least two children have been beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped Bangui since early December.

    "We are witnessing unprecedented levels of violence against children. More and more children are being recruited into armed groups, and they are also being directly targeted in atrocious revenge attacks," said Souleymane Diabate, Unicef representative in CAR. "Targeted attacks against children are a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and must stop immediately. Concrete action is needed now to prevent violence against children."


    Unicef and its partners say they have verified the killings of at least 16 children, and injuries among 60, since the outbreak of communal violence in Bangui on 5 December. In November, the UN warned that the number of child soldiers in the former French colony had more than doubled to up to 6,000 as anti-balaka militias have sprung up to counterattacks by the Seleka.

    Diabate said armed groups were accountable for taking specific measures to provide protection to children. These include: clear directives by those in positions of authority within armed forces and groups to halt violations against children, meaning that children must not be recruited into the fighting, nor targeted. Unicef also called for the immediate release of children associated with armed forces and groups, and their protection from reprisals. Transit centres set up for the release and reintegration of children must also be protected from attacks.

    Some 370,000 people – almost half the population of Bangui – have been displaced to dozens of sites across the capital over the past three weeks. About 785,000 people have been internally displaced throughout the country since the outbreak of violence more than a year ago.

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the medical charity, said on Monday that fighting, lynchings and violent attacks remained a daily occurrence in Bangui, and the situation in the city appeared to be out of control, despite the presence of international armed forces in the capital.

    "We have been receiving more patients with serious injuries at the Hôpital Communautaire in the last few days," said Laurent Sury, MSF's emergency co-ordinator in Bangui. "People are coming in with machete wounds to the head, hands and arms – injuries sustained as they tried to defend themselves. We've also seen people who have been stabbed, sometimes multiple times, in the abdomen, and people who have been either tortured or brutally beaten. We have even had a case of impalement. For the most part, these are young men."

    MSF said health facilities had been affected by the violence, hindering the provision of medical aid. On Sunday, a ministry of health ambulance was stopped and the staff were threatened with violence, preventing them from collecting the wounded. On the same day, armed men entered the Hôpital Communautaire with the intention of lynching patients, while health staff were threatened.

    "The atmosphere is getting increasingly tense with each of these 'visits', as the attackers become more and more aggressive and angry," said Thomas Curbillon, MSF's head of mission in Bangui. "It is totally unacceptable that health facilities are not being respected and are being invaded by armed people who constitute a threat to patients and staff. The insecurity and the gunfire in different areas, especially around the hospital, impede people's ability to move around."

    The UN launchedan appeal for $152mlast week to rapidly scale-up humanitarian operations over the next 100 days. The country hasbeen plunged into chaosas its Christian majority seeks revenge against the Muslim rebels who seized power in a coup in March. Many Christian and Muslim civilians are armed, and the foreign troops brought in to try to rein in the violence have been sucked into the conflict and accused of taking sides.

    The Chadians, part of the African Union force, are Muslim and are seen by the population as backing the Seleka rebels who toppled the president. But 1,600 French troops who were deployed in the first week of December are accused of backing the Christian majority, and their patrols have come under fire in Muslim neighbourhoods. Many say the bloodshed has little to do with religion as Muslims and Christians had long lived in peace. Instead, they blame a political battle for control over resources in one ofAfrica's most weakly governed states.

    Children 'beheaded and mutilated' in Central African Republic, says Unicef | Global development | theguardian.com
     
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    Man that indeed is Bad news..
    killing children is one of worst crime..
    Rest In peace poor souls..:angel:
     
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    these rats need goras to civilize them.Colonize these beasts forever...
     
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    What's going on there? Sounds crazy but we are dealing with humans so not surprising.

    May the innocent children rest in peace.
     
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    Reminds me of this documentary...Liberia.

     
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    Worse !......Sub Saharan africans...
     
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    Just wow! Have you already forgton the violence in the Balkan? The mass killing of the soviet union during Stalin's era? The times where Ukarinan children were chopped up into pieces and sold to markets for money during the mass starvation? The Eastern Front?
     
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    It's 2014 ,because of what you mentioned i would expect not to see this now.Those were outburts in the past,people moved on and learned a thing or two.
    Since when is this going on in that region and thy're still at it ? For ages,man,for ages !!
     
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    One word: Francafrique. Google it.
     
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    If you will always blame the past,you'll never have a future.

    Wars happenned in Europe for the same reasons in Africa "The Powers that Were" drew borders to their choosing,mixing ethnicities and leaving many unhappy.And hell broke loose.After the dust settled on the ruins,people learned something.

    After so many years i'm still waiting for SubSaharan Africa to learn.Yet we get South Sudan,Central African Republic,etc.
     
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    Africa is an big place. From peaceful sleepy places like Namibia, Ghana and Botswana to hellholes like Ivory coast, S.Sudan, Egypt etc. It sure hell beats the Middle-East, which exports all it's trouble to the West. You don't African blowing themselves up in Paris or London simply because of the past.
     
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    Africans were killing each other long before Europeans or Arabs arrived, and Africans will go on doing it long after they leave.
     
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    Bingo,
    I had a sick feeling that it has to do with global Jihadist terrorism.

    granted that in Rwanda over 35 million people were killed in tribal warfare that has nothing to do with religion (specially Islam) but "you are as bad as us ..." is a sick argument.

    the psychologists and criminologists say that committing crimes is a mental sickness and such barbarity with a banner of religion is the worse kind of mental sickness which is like a tumour.


    talk to the tumour? well good luck... in Africa... there are tribes across the board (of faith and faithless) who reportedly advise having sex with children to get rid of aids.


    while in a part of Pakistan where drones fly.... the fiends there regularly stop buses, single out people due to their certain names and then toss their children in the river, rape the women and then kill the men after making them see everything

    all with the very essential war cry of "Allah o Akbar" .....

    I dare to say that Allah might forgive non-Believers but these Blasphemers who have defiled the very name of a creator will suffer for eternity. until that happens .. there are God sent drones (yes they only target the pests when Uncle Sam feels like but its better than never).

    cry me a river oh true Muslims .. you are a fucking disgrace .. block the NATO supplies and protest the drone attacks but never .. ever dare to question those who have killed 50,000+ of you..

    may the victims rest in peace.


    well thats me done with my rant.. my part done, concious clean and now I get the thanks...
    what else can I get?
     
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    This time,something must go to "team christians" to.They were killing muslim women and ripping babies out from their bellies before the french stepped in.All in all,they're all f-ed up in African Central Republic.

    It's because the french were there 60 years ago.:disagree: