France hands over 1400 assault rifles to C.Africa

France hands over 1,400 assault rifles to the Central African armed forces (Faca), thus reaffirming, in the face of Russia’s growing influence, its support for the conflict-torn country. French Defence Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M’Polo military base in the capital Bangui. IMAGES

Capoeira helps unite the Central African Republic

Every Sunday, young people from all walks of life gather at Bangui’s “20,000 Places Stadium” in the Central African Republic to learn Capoeira and rebuild bonds that have been damaged by war and violence that has plagued their country for years.

Central African Republicans serve up tasty cricket treat

Crickets have become quite the delicacy in Bangui, with some claiming them to be even tastier than beef, which is three times more expensive. The insects remain popular, despite suggestions that they might be contaminated with insecticides.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet the cyclists in war-torn Bangui whose hopes are riding on a revival of the competitive sport, we travel to the Moroccan city of Chefchouan as it undergoes a ‘green’ revolution, and we meet perhaps the world’s oldest terrestrial animal, Jonathan the tortoise.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet the cyclists in war-torn Bangui whose hopes are riding on a revival of the competitive sport, we travel to the Moroccan city of Chefchouan as it undergoes a ‘green’ revolution, and we meet perhaps the world’s oldest terrestrial animal, Jonathan the tortoise.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Starry-eyed C. Africa cyclists ‘race to forget’

The Central African Republic’s cycling federation is struggling to survive in the war-torn country. But the hopes of Bangui’s youth are riding on a revival of the competitive sport.

Starry-eyed C. Africa cyclists ‘race to forget’

The Central African Republic’s cycling federation is struggling to survive in the war-torn country. But the hopes of Bangui’s youth are riding on a revival of the competitive sport. A voiced AFPTV report

Diamonds and Sacrifices (Excerpt from ‘United in Hate: Central African Republic’)

In March 2013, the Seleka, a coalition of predominantly Muslim-armed groups from the northeast, marched on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui and seized power.

They committed mass atrocities against the population, and to the largely Christian population in the southwest, Muslims began to be associated with violence. They took up arms to form a Christian self-defense militia called the anti-balaka, and carried out revenge killings.

By the end of 2013, the Central African Republic had descended into civil war. Under pressure from the international community, the Seleka were forced to give up power and retreated towards the northeast, where they regrouped.

A United Nations peacekeeping mission and a French military operation were able to stem the fighting, but despite their presence, the transitional government has not been able to regain control of the country outside Bangui.

With the anti-balaka controlling the southwest, and the Seleka controlling the northeast, the Central African Republic is de facto partitioned along ethno-religious lines. For those who find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, life has become hell.

In this excerpt, the coordinator of the anti-balaka movement in Carnot takes VICE News to a diamond mine he oversees, which was reclaimed from Muslim owners during the recent conflict.
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Inside PK5 (Extra Scene from ‘United in Hate: Central African Republic’)

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In March 2013, the Seleka, a coalition of predominantly Muslim-armed groups from the northeast, marched on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui and seized power.

They committed mass atrocities against the population, and to the largely Christian population in the southwest, Muslims began to be associated with violence. They took up arms to form a Christian self-defense militia called the anti-balaka, and carried out revenge killings.

By the end of 2013, the Central African Republic had descended into civil war. Under pressure from the international community, the Seleka were forced to give up power and retreated towards the northeast, where they regrouped.

A United Nations peacekeeping mission and a French military operation were able to stem the fighting, but despite their presence, the transitional government has not been able to regain control of the country outside Bangui.

With the anti-balaka controlling the southwest, and the Seleka controlling the northeast, the Central African Republic is de facto partitioned along ethno-religious lines. For those who find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, life has become hell.

In this extra scene, VICE News goes to PK5, a predominantly Muslim enclave of the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui, which has seen some of the most violent and brutal fighting between Muslim and Christian communities since the start of the conflict.

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United in Hate: The Fight for Control in CAR

In March 2013, the Seleka, a coalition of predominantly Muslim-armed groups from the northeast, marched on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui and seized power.

They committed mass atrocities against the population, and to the largely Christian population in the southwest, Muslims began to be associated with violence. They took up arms to form a Christian self-defense militia called the anti-balaka, and carried out revenge killings.

By the end of 2013, the Central African Republic had descended into civil war. Under pressure from the international community, the Seleka were forced to give up power and retreated towards the northeast, where they regrouped.

A United Nations peacekeeping mission and a French military operation were able to stem the fighting, but despite their presence, the transitional government has not been able to regain control of the country outside Bangui.

With the anti-balaka controlling the southwest, and the Seleka controlling the northeast, the Central African Republic is de facto partitioned along ethno-religious lines. For those who find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, life has become hell.

VICE News travels to Carnot, a mining town at the heart of the Central African Republic’s diamond region controlled by the anti-balaka, where 500 Muslims are hiding in a church to stay alive. On the other side of the country in Bambari, ex-Seleka rebels are terrorizing the Christian population, with thousands forced to seek shelter in a cotton factory following renewed fighting.

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