Foreign efforts in CAR have been an utter failure

Intervention in CAR ‘utter failure’

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:14:01 GMT

Extreme violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) shows “the utter failure” of foreign efforts to stabilize the situation in the conflict-ridden country, says a rights group.

In a report on Tuesday, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders–MSF) denounced “the extreme levels of violence against civilians and targeted killing of minority groups” in the CAR.

MSF called for “a massive deployment of aid” and efforts to “stop the violence and enhance protection.”

“Our foremost concern is protection. We are caught in a sense of helplessness faced with extreme violence, treating thousands of wounded, and seeing hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes as it is their only option to avoid being slaughtered,” said Joanne Liu, the MSF international president, who recently returned from the CAR.

She added that during her trip, her team “found 17 injured people with wounds from gunshots, machetes, and a grenade, hiding in a small courtyard. They were too scared to go to the hospital in case they were targeted again. Their injuries were serious—yet they were all sitting in silence, bleeding. That’s how terrified people are of seeking medical care. They just sat there in silence, having lost all hope.”

Christian militia in CAR has been raging violence against Muslims, many of whom have escaped the country so as not to get killed by the militia.

Many believe the French troops, known as the Sangaris, target Muslims and turn a blind eye on Christian militia, an accusation Paris rejects.

France invaded its former colony on December 5 after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution giving the African Union and France the go-ahead to send troops to the country.

There are many mineral resources, including gold and diamond, in the Central African Republic. However, the country is extremely poor and has faced a series of rebellions and coups since it gained independence in 1960.

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