At least 14 teenage girls were sexually violated by rebels of Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) on Friday Jan. 14, when they attacked Nzacko village, Southeast of the Central African Republic.
The girls were aged between 12 and 16 years.
The rebels also looted business places in the village, carting away goods and other belongings. The CPC rebels who raped and looted in Nzacko belong to the Front populaire pour la renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC).
They moved to Nzacko after the withdrawal of the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group from the village.
“The FPRC rebels in the Nzacko area are led by the self-proclaimed ‘general’ Mahamat Sale,” a local civil society activist told HumAngle.
“They have been behaving in the same way as the Russian mercenaries, who are notorious for looting, sexually abusing girls and women and sowing panic within the local population. They have been visiting violence of such extreme gravity on the civilians here since they arrived.”
“On Friday, Jan. 14, these rebels laid hands on 14 girls aged between twelve and sixteen. They sexually assaulted them before releasing them to go. This crime is serious, according to some foreign observers.”
The recent increase in violence follows the attack by the rebel coalition on the capital Bangui and the counteroffensive by government forces supported by thousands of Russian mercenaries.
Locals argued that the government is aggravating an already desperate situation of the Central African Republic civilians with serious violations of the rights of girls and children by both armed groups and Russian mercenaries as well as soldiers of the national armed forces, FACA.
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