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The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis

While the world fixated on Ukraine and Syria, a near-genocide ripped through central Africa, to little international fanfare.<p>It’s been two years …

Africa

Kidnappings, killings made 2014 an unsafe year to be a child: UNICEF

Call it the year of growing up dangerously.<p>From Iraq to Syria, the Central African Republic to South Sudan, to the classrooms of Nigeria and Pakistan, to the beaches of Gaza – 2014 was a spectacularly unsafe year to be a child in some parts of the world.<p>One piece of evidence is the recent report of …

Child soldiers in Central African Republic more than doubled, says charity

Up to 10,000 boys and girls are now fighting in sectarian conflict, according to Save the Children<p>The number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has more than doubled – and possibly quadrupled – since sectarian conflict erupted last year, putting them at risk of long-term …

Terror and Tears in the Central African Republic - Photographs by Michaël Zumstein | LensCulture

In March 2013, the Muslim-dominated Seleka rebel movement seized power in Bangui, bringing the corrupt regime of François Bozizé to an end.<p>But a reign of terror ensued for weeks as soldiers backing the new president, Michel Djotodia, led a wave of violence and looting targeting Christian …

Central African Republic

One Cargo Plane, Two Helicopters, Five Countries and a Giant Misunderstanding

Russian contractors hauling French cargo get into trouble in Central Africa<p>The French army should either pay its contractors better or hire a company …

UNICEF Declares 2014 Devastating Year for Children, How You Can Help This Holiday

There's no better time than the holidays to give what you can—and millions of children around the world are in desperate need of aid. "This has been a devastating year for millions of children," said Anthony Lake, UNICEF executive director, in a press release. "Children have been killed while …

How Three Religious Leaders Are Working For Reconciliation In The Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is being torn apart by violence that pits Christians against Muslims, but three religious leaders representing the Protestant, Muslim and Catholic communities are working together to bring reconciliation to their country through interreligious dialogue.<p>The Rev. Nicolas …

Statement by the Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic

(Bangui, 5 December 2014): One year ago, a cycle of violence reached Bangui triggering the displacement of half a million people, accompanied by the …

Slowing the Brain Drain in Central Africa to Protect the Environment and Public Health

<i>By Karla Renschler</i><p>Central Africa--long plagued by conflict and widespread poverty--faces another significant challenge to sustainable development: a debilitating brain drain. The emigration of talented scholars and researchers seeking an education in developed countries and then staying abroad is …