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Country focus: Technology and troubled Central African Republic

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, at the beginning of 2014 internal conflict between Christian and Muslim communities in the Central African Republic (CAR) grabbed the world’s attention. History shows that periods of stability have been few and far between for the region and according to latest reports, interim president Catherine Samba-Panza has appealed to EU countries for help to achieve order following fresh waves of unrest and uprising.

 

The conflict has forced almost a million people from their homes and EU leaders are poised to send a military force to support French and African troops already deployed in the region.

The United Nations (UN) chief special advisor on genocide prevention, Adama Dieng, is quoted by a German news broadcaster as telling the global body’s Security Council that the country was at “a high risk of crimes against humanity and genocide.”

But how did this former French colony arrive at this point?  More recent history chronicles how, in January 2013, former general François Bozizé, opposition leaders and rebels formed a government of national unity headed by Bozizé as president and an opposition prime minister. The agreement only lasted till March and led to insurgence by rebels and leader Michael Djotodia taking drastic action, suspending the constitution and stepping into the position as president.

However, Djotodia resigned after a regional summit in early January and has agreed to go into exile.

Read more on IT NEWS AFRICA

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