Archive | June, 2016

Genocide-mongering does nothing to help us understand the messy dynamics of conflict in the CAR

Following the recent events in the Central African Republic, we republish an article from 2014 recounting the political situation and explaining the historical roots of the conflict.   After Michel Djotodia’s removal from the presidency of the Central African Republic (CAR) on the 10th January [2014], speculation and rumours about his successor were rife. Would it be Josué Binua, who had been a minister under Djotodia but was previously a confidant of the ousted Jean-François Bozizé? No, it soon became clear — members of the newly-resigned government were excluded from consideration. This was fortunate. The choice of Binua, an evangelical preacher, at a time when religion has become politicized in new ways in the CAR, would not augur well for building trust after the past year’s violence. The strictness and extensiveness of the presidential criteria left some joking that they would exclude almost everyone. Almost, but not quite. On Sunday night, members of the National Assembly elected Catherine Samba-Panza, Mayor of Bangui and a businesswoman and lawyer. Diplomats and aid workers knew Samba-Panza as a founder of the Association des Femmes Juristes Centrafricains (AFJC), an organization they tripped over each other in a race to fund. Unlike many other civil […]

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