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Central African Republic Soldiers Kill Man, 15 Cows In Banga

Farmer-herder conflict in CAR is causing soldier interference leading to death and destruction of cattle.

Soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, have killed a Peul cattle herder in the breeding camp situated between Banga and Mann in the Lim-Pende prefecture. 

Fifteen cows were also killed by the FACA soldiers on Thursday, Oct. 21, according to eyewitnesses. 

HumAngle was told the FACA soldiers were invited to the scene following an altercation between a herder and some farmers.

“Three farmers discovered that their farms had been destroyed by cattle and accused Peul cattle herders of having taken their cattle to their farms, causing the destruction. They went and reported the matter to FACA soldiers who seem to have been nursing some grudges against the Peul breeders,” an eyewitness narrated.

“On Thursday, Oct. 21 heavily armed FACA soldiers raided the breeders’ camp, firing indiscriminately killing one breeder and fifteen cows.”

“Right now, most of the cattle breeders have abandoned the camp and some have crossed over to Cameroon.”

In the northwest region of the Central African Republic, farmer-grazier problems are rampant and the conflicts have intensified since the security situation in the country became precarious beginning in 2013.

With an army which is not trained in the handling of such problems, sometimes military intervention only aggravates situations.

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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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