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Central African Republic

The latest about that situation:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/zum...2#.UORVduQsDaE

Could anybody provide any background information about the Seleka rebels? Online searches turn out very little about who they really are.
Does anybody know whether Bouar is still under the government's control?
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The latest about that situation:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/zum...2#.UORVduQsDaE

Could anybody provide any background information about the Seleka rebels? Online searches turn out very little about who they really are.
Does anybody know whether Bouar is still under the government's control?

Bouar should still be under 'government' control. The Seleka is an adhoc group of rebels from the north. It appears that thye have stopped their southern movement in anticipation of talks in Libreville on the 10th of this month.

Keep in mind, even though Bouar still falls under government control, most of the government's resources are being dedicated to Bangui. The criminal element, not the rebels are probably raising hell in Bouar.
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Michele,

If you are on FaceBook, here is a pretty good link:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/20169284457/?fref=ts

If you don't mind me asking, why the interest in the Central African Republic?
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Michele,

If you are on FaceBook, here is a pretty good link:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/20169284457/?fref=ts

If you don't mind me asking, why the interest in the Central African Republic?
Because I have a relative down there. They should be leaving soon, though. I will post more when they are out of the country.

And thanks for your feedback!
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Because I have a relative down there. They should be leaving soon, though. I will post more when they are out of the country.

And thanks for your feedback!
Looking forward to good news about them getting out.
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An update for you Michele:

NAIROBI, 4 January 2013 (IRIN) - A rebel takeover of several key towns in the Central African Republic (CAR) has placed additional strain on humanitarian conditions that were already precarious due to years of armed conflict. Access to populations in need and aid personnel on the ground are now significantly reduced.

That the rebels - grouped under the “Seleka” alliance - were able to advance to within 160km of the capital, Bangui, with little opposition from government forces underscores the absence of state infrastructure in much of the country. In many areas, basic healthcare and education are provided by aid groups or not at all.

“Population displacements have been reported in a number of areas, including Bangui, Ndélé and across the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, from the Mobaye region in CAR and towards Bertoua in Cameroon,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a recent
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http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97175...itarian-crisis


Any word from your relative?
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Another update:

Since 28 December, the ICRC has done the following:
  • Delegates have begun visiting people detained in Bangui in connection with the recent events.
  • Six seriously injured people have been flown to Bangui from Ndélé and Ngakobo (near the northern town of Bambari).
  • With the help of National Society volunteers, the organization has supplied 18,000 litres of drinking water to a thousand displaced people in Ndélé.
  • Meetings have continued at which National Society volunteers give tips to displaced people on maintaining adequate hygiene.
  • With the telephone system out of operation, the ICRC has conveyed brief written messages and oral messages from a hundred people living in or near Ndélé and Kaga Bandoro in order to reassure relatives.
  • The ICRC supplied the country's Red Cross Society with 10 stretchers and 50 first-aid kits.
http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/do...assistance.htm

I'm still thinking that your relative is safe in Bouar. It looks like all of the relief efforts are heading north towards Bambari.

Something to keep in mind if you haven't heard anything from your relative; It is relatively easy to get to Cameroon from Bouar for some strange reason there is a western type paved road between Bouar & Cameroon. There is limited infrastructure on the border side of Cameroon but it can support refugees to an extent.
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Unrest in the landlocked equatorial country has alarmed the country's neighbours and the international community, with the UN Security Council twice calling on Seleka to halt its offensive and engage in peace talks.

Meanwhile, central African nations have begun sending reinforcements to Damara, the last major town between the rebels and the capital, to bolster the army against the rebels.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1...rebels-advance
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Thank you for the updates, Nichols.

I'm glad to be able to report that my brother-in-law is now in Italy. He is a physician and was carrying out some unpaid volunteer work in a Catholic mission. He left a couple of days ago with his colleagues. As you mentioned, the concern was that in the general anarchy, local gangs could consider kidnapping foreigners. As far as I understand, the nuns have remained at the mission to continue their work.
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Central African Republic signs peace deal with rebels

By Jean Rovys Dabany | Reuters – 1 hr 33 mins ago

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LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Central African Republic's government and rebels agreed to the formation of a national unity government under a ceasefire deal on Friday to end an insurgency that swept to within striking distance of the capital.
The agreement, signed in Gabon's coastal capital after three days of negotiations mediated by regional neighbors, eases the biggest threat yet to President Francois Bozize's decade in charge of the minerals-rich former French colony.
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The peace didn't last too long:

BANGUI (Reuters) - Rebels in Central Africa Republic reached the outskirts of the capital Bangui on Friday after seizing the nearby town of Damara, rebels and military officials said, a day after the insurgents rejected a peace offer from the president.

A rebel spokesman said they had moved past Damara, some 75 km (50 miles) from Bangui, and had advanced to within 22 kilometers of the riverside capital, which some of their men had already infiltrated.
In Bangui, panicked residents ran through the streets, shops closed and schools sent home pupils after national radio announced the rebel advance.

"Our objective is to take Bangui today," Nelson Ndjadder, spokesman for the CPSK faction of the Seleka rebel coalition, told Reuters by telephone from Paris. "We have 2,000 men on the ground and some have slipped into the capital."

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There are a lot of African solders there. So the figh not going to be a easy fight.
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There are a lot of African solders there. So the figh not going to be a easy fight.
The problem with the government forces is that they don't have a lot of ammo and their weapons aren't very well maintained.The Presidential Guard is usually well maintained but with the rebel forces so close to Bangui, loyalty usually slips away to avoid a fight.
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http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21905433

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/id...30322?irpc=932

They have fue and ammo not to mention a pilot for there attack chopper?

Any case the looks like there will actually be a fight.
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http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21905433

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They have fue and ammo not to mention a pilot for there attack chopper?

Any case the looks like there will actually be a fight.
I'm going to take a guess and say that they probably got those from South Africa.
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