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Russian Mercenaries Allegedly Beat Central African Republic Soldier To Coma In Bria

The Russian mercenaries have been accused of beating CAR military personnel in the past, without any interference from the military or government.

A soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, is currently in a critical situation in Bria after being beaten to almost pulp by Russian mercenaries in the country.

According to a security source, the incident happened on Saturday night, May 22, to Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Sources within the national army say the Russian mercenaries took on the FACA soldier when they found him drunk.

“His colleagues in FACA are furious over the degrading treatment he was subjected to. But what can they do? This is a regular occurrence and since the government has been doing nothing to  the Russians, the ordinary citizens including even the soldiers can do nothing,” a civil society activist in Bangui told HumAngle on Monday.

“Since the putting in place of the coalition forces that include mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group, Rwandan soldiers and FACA fighters to stem the advance of rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) on the capital, several cases of aggression, violence of sexual character on certain FACA soldiers have become more and more frequent.”

In January this year, a gendarme posted to the PK9 roadblock was savagely attacked by Russian mercenaries resulting in his being urgently admitted into a hospital.

Three months later, a second class female soldier of FACA was sexually assaulted by Russian mercenaries near Bangassou town.

“This was not an isolated case as so many of such cases have been reported almost everywhere that the Russians are present,” a civil society activist revealed.

Russian mercenaries Sunday morning returned to the area where the FACA soldier spent the evening drinking in search of his gun which was seized by unknown persons but did not succeed in finding the gun.

Eyewitnesses say the soldier in question spent most of Saturday evening in Bornou quarter, precisely in the fishing camp where women sell locally brewed gin which is very alcoholic.

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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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