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France getting serious on intervention in Central African Republic (CAR)



The Central African Republic (CAR) is descending into “complete chaos”, the UN deputy secretary general has warned, calling for urgent action.

Jan Eliasson urged the Security Council to strengthen the African Union-led force in the country, and to turn it into a UN peacekeeping operation.

The CAR has been in turmoil since rebels seized power in March, with warnings of a possible genocide.

France has said it would contribute about 1,000 troops to the force. GO TO SOURCE HERE

Guide to Central African Republic

  • Crisis has affected entire population of 4.6 million people
  • 10% have fled their homes
  • 25% need food aid
  • Unknown number killed – several hundred in one area in two weeks
  • Too dangerous to go to rural areas where most killings occur
  • 3,500 child soldiers
  • Most schools and hospitals outside capital looted and not functional
  • Currently 2,500 African peacekeepers and 400 French troops – to be increased to 3,600 and 1,200

Source: UN