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Archbishop Nzapalainga calls upon the United Nations to send Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic

The archbishop of Bangui in the Central African Republic, His Grace Dieudonnè Nzapalainga, has called on the United Nations to send peacekeeping troops to protect people, noting that the current number of French and African Union peacekeepers is too small to keep peace throughout the country. Currently the peacekeeper are about five thousand. Archbishop Nzapalainga said that number is even too small for a troubled city like Bangui. He warned that the country is experiencing a state of anarchy. Speaking to the Catholic Charity, the Church in Need, a few days ago the archbishop narrated the horrors he had seen recently. He said he visited the town of Bodango, some 200km from Bangui and found that the entire community of 200 Moslem residents had fled. When he asked members of the self-defense group, the Anti-Balaka, they told him that they had driven out the Moslems. He visited another town known as Bohong, where the Séléka rebels had attacked the Christian population. He said one area of the town had been completely burned down and he saw bones and heads of people who had been burnt alive. He warned that if measures are not taken to stop the killings the country could experience a genocide similar to that which took place in Rwanda in 1994.
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the international community to intensify efforts to help the people of the Central African Republic to avert the worsening insecurity. His remarks came as France announced it would temporarily increase the number of its troops in the country.


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