Chaos in Central African Republic: Looters and Gunmen Exploit Coup D’état

by Colonel on March 28, 2013

“Days after a coup plunged the Central African Republic into chaos, looters roamed the streets of the capital, robbing hospitals and preventing fearful residents from seeking treatment.

A coalition of rebels ousted President Francois Bozize this week, the latest in a series of coups since the nation gained independence from France in 1960.

After the deposed president fled the nation, a rebel leader declared himself in charge and urged residents to welcome the new leadership.

But as the political turmoil rages, aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian crisis as attacks escalate.

Violence, looters and fear of the rebels are preventing critically injured patients from going to health facilities in the capital of Bangui, said French medical aid group, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The aid group — also known as Doctors Without Borders – said its facilities were raided.

” — Faith Karimi, Copyright 2013 Cable News Network

“The ousting of President Francois Bozize and the political turmoil around it has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis in the former French colony – and embarrassed regional power South Africa which had sent troops to defend the government.

About 5,000 Seleka rebel fighters poured into the capital on Sunday, brushing aside a 400-strong South African force which attempted to block their path. At least 13 South African soldiers were killed and 27 wounded.

Rebel leader and self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia – who had accused Bozize of breaking past peace accords – on Monday asked regional peacekeepers stationed in the country to help him restore order.

Having run out of supplies during the rebel takeover, hungry residents flocked to markets on Tuesday. But sporadic gunfire rang out across the sprawling riverside capital, home to 600,000 people. Water returned but power was down for a fourth day running.

” — Ange Aboa, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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