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Russian Mercenaries Torture Central African Republic Soldier

The Russian mercenaries have also kept the Central African Republic soldier in their custody, depriving him of having medical access.

A soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, is battling for life after he was tortured along with one of his colleagues by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group.

The incident took place in Bria, a locality situated 585 km to the north of the capital Bangui.

“On Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 around 2 p.m. two soldiers of the Central African Republic army whose names were given as Veve Samba and Feiganazoui who were in their base in the Gbaragbake school were captured by Russian mercenaries and severely tortured. One of the two FACA soldiers had one tooth broken and his two arms fractured,” a civil society activist who identified himself as Roger Agbaki told HumAngle.

“Surprisingly, the soldier was not taken to hospital but to the Russian mercenary base. His colleagues could do nothing but watch Veve Samba as he has been breathing his life away. Only a miracle would save him.”

The shocked parents of Veve Samba have been to the military headquarters to demand an explanation from the military authorities.

“The military high command is yet to make a statement on the fate of the two FACA soldiers but privately, some senior army officers have played down what happened and said it was a mere misunderstanding between the soldiers and the Russian mercenaries,” Agbaki said.

However, some FACA soldiers said exactions on their colleagues by Russian mercenaries are becoming unbearable even as government authorities have been finding it difficult to muster the courage to confront the Russian mercenaries whenever they maltreat FACA soldiers.

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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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