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14 Trucks Bringing Supplies Arrive Bangui From Cameroon

Supply trucks from Cameroon have arrived Bangui, Central African Republic, with supplies for WFP and MINUSCA officials.

Fourteen trucks carrying supplies to the Central African Republic capital Bangui arrived the city on Monday from Cameroon.

Nine out of the 14 trucks were carrying supplies for the World Food Programme (WFP) while the others belonged to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Bangui, the countryā€™s capital, has been blocked since Dec. 19, 2020, by rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) which launched an insurrection against the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera following the rejection of the candidature of the former head of state Francois Bozize for the Dec. 27, 2020, presidential election.

More than 1,600 trucks carrying supplies to Bangui have been blocked at the border with Cameroon, through which the landlocked country receives almost all its imports, since the CPC blockade in December last year.

Vladimir Monteiro, the spokesperson of MINUSCA, was reluctant to tell the press on Monday what and with whom the negotiations which led to the opening of the border for the 14 trucks were carried out.

Many however believed that some agreement appeared to have been reached between MINUSCA and the CPC rebels for them to have allowed passage for the supply convoy.

Since a coalition of armed groups overthrew the government of Francois Bozize in 2013, the Central African Republic has not known peace as various armed groups have been fighting amongst themselves and against the central authorities in Bangui.Ā 

The said armed groups currently control almost 80 per cent of the Central African Republic territory with the government in Bangui, controlling only about 20 per cent of the country.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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