Rwandan forces save more civilians
Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) peacekeepers serving in the Central African Republic (CAR) have managed to save more 2000 Muslim civilians who were attacked by the Christian anti-balaka militia along the CAR-Cameroon border.
The Rwandan forces intervened and halted the attack planned to cleanse the Muslim community, and Between 1,800 and 2,000 civilians were escorted to safety along the border, but apparently three civilians and seven attackers died in the process
The incident happened on February 16, 2014 as RDF escorted a 70-vehicle humanitarian and commercial goods convoy from the capital Bangui to the Cameroonian sea port of Douala.
We condemn in the strongest terms this cowardly attack on the humanitarian convoy. We call upon all armed groups in CAR to lay down their arms and stop violence that is killing innocent people”, said Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita, the Rwanda Defence Forces Spokesman.
Rwandan forces have been conducting humanitarian convoy escort, making a 700 km long journey from Bangui to CAR-Cameroon border after Bangui and CAR had been cut off from supplies by armed groups controlling the Bangui-Cameroon main supply road that connects it to the sea port of Douala in Cameroon.
The forces have also intervened and stopped mob killings in which one of the attackers died as the peacekeeper pursed the civilian suspects. This has also been accompanied by creating an arena for dialogue and reconciliation between the Christians and Muslim community as a way of curbing the increasing violence in CAR.
International organizations and human rights organs have decried the increasing violence in CAR, with a call for more peacekeeping troops and finding lasting solutions for the crisis in CAR- which has deteriorated even when the election of Catherine Samba-Panza as the country’s new president.