|Title:||Central African Republic - Dekoa Catholic Church|
Photograph taken by Amnesty International's Crisis Response Advisor, Joanne Mariner during a recent mission to the country. The visit was to investigate the protection of civilians amid escalating waves of sectarian attacks in the central regions of Central African Republic.
Photograph shows the catholic church in Dekoa and a United Nations armoured vehicle in front. The Amnesty team arrived on the 24th October and found that the entire Christian andanimist population of the town had been displaced, with about 1,700 people living in the Catholic Church compound (transformed into an internally displaced people’s camp), and many more living in the bush.
Serious human rights abuses are being committed in the Central African Republic (CAR), including killings, mutilation of bodies, abductions, and forced displacement. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), deployed on 15 September 2014, has not yet been able to stop or prevent most of these abuses. Those responsible, including members of the Séléka, Anti-balaka, and their allies continue to enjoy impunity.
On 10 October 2014, the prompt intervention of French forces aided by UN peacekeepers prevented a large-scale massacre in Dekoa. Yet with international forces stretched thin—in part because MINUSCA is still several thousand troops short of its mandated numbers—they have not been able to prevent escalating violence in the country’s central region.
COUNTRY: AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
|Tags:||CAR Crisis Response, CAR Blood Diamonds, AI Image Bank - Issue, , CAR Blood Diamonds Images to Support Report|
|Copyright Type:||Amnesty International|
|Copyright Credit:||Amnesty International|
|Date Photo or Video Created:||25/10/2014 06:32|
|Place Created:||CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC|
|Size:||1.47 MB; 1446 x 969 pixels; 122 x 82 mm (print at 300 DPI); 383 x 256 mm (screen at 96 DPI);|