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Central African Republic, the diamonds of the jihad

The campaigns never stop burning in Central African Republic. Since the Muslim rebels of Séléka, meaning the "coalition" in Sango, overthrew the corrupt government of François Bozizé in March 2013, the Central African Republic is no longer able to emerge from the spiral of violence. Rebel groups, composed of Chadian, Libyan and Sudanese Muslim mercenaries, officially dissolved after Bozizé left power. But today, these men continue to loot the country, probably secretly encouraged by their former sponsors. Groups have quickly recreated themselves, under the name of ex-Sélékas, and continue to rage all over the country, between jihad and big banditry.

It is known that the Séléka was financed by diamond manufacturers, in order to get rid of the former president Bozizé, who used improperly of their stocks. The diamonds given to the rebels always find buyers in Sudan... Omar el-Bashir, the Sudanese president, a supporter of brutal Islamization in his country, obviously supports this Muslim rebellion in Central African Republic. Idriss Deby Itno, the Chadian president, also supports them, hoping to get control of oil in the north of the country.
In response, a Christian militia, the anti-Balaka, regularly confronts Muslims, or attacks local Muslim communities in retaliation. Since then, the corpses are gathering in the country.
115 bodies were found in the town of Bangassou, last Saturday. Anti-Balakas attacked the base of peacekeepers (MINUSCA), then the Muslim quarter of Tokoyo. On Monday, violence resumed in the town of Bria. 24 people were injured, a thousand civilians fled the area to seek refuge near the UN base. Last week, a clash between anti-Balaka fighters and a former Seleka group killed 100 people and fled more than 8,000 people. Six peacekeepers were killed. This is the deadliest year since MINUSCA was established in 2014 and the response force is now sounding the alarm, planning to deploy more men to stop the violence that overwhelms the country.

For the time being, the war is affecting the countryside and spares the capital, Bangui, and all major cities. But this is just the beginning of a war, perhaps a new jihadist terrorist front for the West.


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