France Underestimated C.A.R Hatred

France’s Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, has reported back to the international body, on what he described as the hatred between Christian and Muslim … Continue reading France Underestimated C.A.R Hatred


France’s Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, has reported back to the international body, on what he described as the hatred between Christian and Muslim communities in the Central African Republic.

He said communities on both sides want to kill each other, and calls to end the fighting are being ignored.

France already has 1,600 troops on the ground in the C.A.R. That is in addition to the 4,000 troops sent by the African Union.

Nevertheless, more than 1,000 people have died in the violence, which erupted when Seleka rebels seized power in March 2013, and installed Michel Djotodia as the country’s first Muslim leader.

Mr. Djotodia, however, stepped down on Friday, bowing to pressure from regional powers, after they decided he was not doing enough to end the crisis.

The UN warned earlier in the week that the Central African Republic was in a “mega-crisis” and that many in the population were living in fear because of religious and ethnic attacks.