Central African Republic

Central African Republic entrenched in ‘unprecedented humanitarian crisis’ 

Defense forces, soldiers from nearby countries and other security personnel have been fighting an “asymmetric war” against armed groups, sparking an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis”, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

First Person: An on-air antidote to misinformation in the Central African Republic

The citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) have endured decades of war and conflict. Merveille Yayoro, a young reporter at Guira-FM, the radio station run by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSCA), says that she wants her work to provide an antidote to hate speech and misinformation, and help bring about a lasting peace.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Cyprus talks, shipwrecks, Central African Republic alert, UNFPA funding cuts

UN Catch-Up takes us from talks over the divided eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, to the deadly stretch of water that separates North Africa from Europe, scene of a particularly disturbing migrant shipwreck this week.

We’ll also hear an alert from UNICEF in the Central African Republic over ongoing violence that’s leaving youngsters vulnerable to exploitation – and a warning from the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health, over the devastating consequences for women, girls and their families from the UK’s $180 million funding cut.

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News in Brief 28 April 2021

  • More than 370,000 children in Central African Republic displaced: UNICEF
  • UN rights experts urge Nigeria to release humanist Mubarak Bala
  • Latest COVID-19 data show cases rising for ninth week in a row
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370,000 children displaced in Central African Republic; highest level since 2014

Child displacement in the Central African Republic (CAR) has now reached its highest level since 2014, according to the latest estimates from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), warning of the mounting risks children face.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Tigray conflict latest, climate ‘abyss’ and Syria gets COVID jabs

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, first-hand information on the continuing humanitarian and security crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray – from the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF; an alert from the Central African Republic where fighting between Government forces and rebels in the north of the country has forced thousands to flee.

And, a warning from UN Secretary-General that the world is on the edge of an abyss from climate change, at the White House’s Climate Leaders’ Summit – as UNHCR unveils new data showing that climate shocks has displaced twice as many people as conflict in the last decade.

As ever, we have closing comments from regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, thanks for listening.

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News in Brief 20 April 2021

  • UNICEF reports on conditions inside stricken Tigray region
  • WFP secures access to feed 1.5 million children in Venezuela
  • Central African Republic clashes force thousands across border to Chad
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Thousands flee fresh clashes in Central African Republic: UN agency

Recent fighting between government forces and rebels in northern Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 2,000 refugees into neighboring Chad over the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. 

Central African Republic: Rights experts concerned over ‘Russian advisers’ and close contacts with UN peacekeepers

UN-appointed independent rights experts on Wednesday raised concerns over the recruitment and use of private military and foreign security contractors by the Government of the Central African Republic, and their apparent close contacts with UN peacekeepers there.

News in Brief 31 March 2021

  • COVID-19 infections and deaths continue rising globally
  • Concerns over Indonesia’s forced evictions at ‘New Bali’ resort
  • CAR: rights concerns alert over work of foreign military contractors
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