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Russian Mercenaries Accused Of Robbery, Arson And Murder In Central African Republic

“The Russians cut the man’s two ears and pushed them into his mouth and forced him to eat his own ears, knowing very well that this is Ramadan period and Moslem are not supposed to eat anything during the day,” an eyewitness said.

At least 20 people were reported killed between Monday and Tuesday April 11 and 12, 2022 by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the localities of Gordile and Ndah in the Central African Republic.

Eyewitness accounts revealed that about 30 motorcycles were carted away by the Russians who also burnt down several houses before leaving the localities.

“Last Monday, Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group, heavily-armed and supported by soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, all aboard 10 vehicles left the town of Ndele for Vakaga,” a civil society activist who asked not to be named told HumAngle in Ndele.

“On arriving at Gordile, they surrounded the locality and proceeded on merciless exaction against the civilians, killing at least 20 of them.”


Besides losses in human lives, there were also material damages with at least 37 motorcycles stolen by the Russians, four of which belonged to the International Red Cross Society, four other vehicles confiscated and 100 houses razed down, local sources revealed.

According to their accounts of the incident, residents were grouped at a particular site by the Russians who searched and took away all valuables found on them, including money and jewellery.

HumAngle learnt that after the exactions in Gordile, the Russians and their allies moved to Ndah village, situated 25km from Gordile on the Birao highway where they looted all shops in the village and took away motorbikes belonging to residents.

“After searching every nook and corner of the village, the Russian mercenaries arrested one man accusing him of being in possession of ammunition,” a local said.

“The Russians cut the man’s two ears and pushed them into his mouth and forced him to eat his own ears, knowing very well that this is Ramadan period and Moslem are not supposed to eat anything during the day.”

The Russian mercenaries are still in the two localities, including Gordile which is the place of birth of two ministers in the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera namely Arnaud Djoubaye Abazene, the Minister of Justice and Guismala Amza, the Minister of Works.


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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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