Russian Mercenaries Kill 3R Rebel, Arrest Others In Central African Republic

The rebels had initially surrendered to the Russian Mercenaries but returned to arms due to maltreatment.

One rebel of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement was killed and two others captured on Monday, Jan. 24, as they tried to escape from a camp where they were being lodged, after surrendering to Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic.

The three rebels —including the dead— were among several others who had decided to quit the marquis and surrendered to Russian mercenaries last year.

But sources told HumAngle that the rebels were not ‘comfortable’ under the Russian mercenaries which made them return to the marquis.

“They were eventually captured by Russian mercenaries in the locality of Niem and brought back to Bouar where they were seriously tortured. One of them died while the other two were immediately transferred to the Bouar prison,” a civil society activist told HumAngle.

Meanwhile, the other former rebels who are based in Bouar have been very critical of the conditions under which they have been living in the camps controlled by the military and the Russian mercenaries.

Since laying down their arms, the former rebels said they have been divided into two groups, one made up of former Anti-Balaka militia and the other made up of former 3R combatants.

“We laid down our arms together at the same time for the sake of national reconciliation and peace. Why should they divide us? This is discrimination and a cause for frustration,” one former Anti-Balaka rebel declared.

On Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, 15 rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), three of whom were of the 3R movement, came out of the bushes and surrendered to the Central African Republic national army, FACA to be officially disarmed and reintegrated into society.

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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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