Responding to the Humanitarian, Security, and Governance Crisis in the Central African Republic, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, December 17, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is from the December 17, 2013 hearing, "Responding to the Humanitarian, Security, and Governance Crisis in the Central African Republic" held before the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Christopher A. Coons: "CAR [Central African Republic] is a resource-rich, but desperately poor, country that, sadly, seldom catches the attention of international policymakers, but today is in the midst of an appalling and man- made crisis. The violent crisis in CAR is a stark reminder of the very real human costs of fragile states, weak governance, and corruption. […] CAR has a long history of instability and conflict and has been the focus of United Nations and regional efforts to support peace and security, sadly with little lasting effect. As difficult as CAR's history has been, the current crisis is far different in terms of its scope and emerging brutality. Following a March 2013 coup by the loose coalition of rebels collectively known as Seleka, little more than a facade of a transitional government now exists in CAR and the already weak national security forces have nearly disintegrated. The people of CAR have been left powerless against a multitude of violent groups. Opportunists, many from Chad and Sudan and seemingly motivated by greed, have swelled the ranks of Seleka factions from 4,000 to nearly 20,000, engaging in horrific violence across the country. […] More than half a million people, or a tenth of CAR's population, have been displaced and at least half are in need of humanitarian assistance, but many are beyond the reach of help due to insecurity." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dieudonne Nzapalinga, Nicolas Guerekoyame-Gbangou, Oumar Kabine Layama, Richard E. Pates, Simon O'Connell.

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