UN Investigates Killing Of Civilians By Russian Mercenaries In Central African Republic

Residents in different parts of Central African Republic are facing genocides being perpetuated by Russian mercenaries across the country, supported by FACA soldiers.

The United Nations has opened an investigation into the alleged massacre of 70 civilians by the Russian Mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group and elements of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in Bambari, Boyo, and Bria.

In northern Bria, particularly in Aigbado and Yanga villages, 75 and 143km respectively from Bria on the Ndele highway, Russian Mercenaries supported by their FACA allies, reportedly massacred more than 20 persons last week.

However, local security and civil society activists said the figures of the dead in Aigbado and Yanga are now more than 70.

This has caused the United Nations last week to announce the opening of an investigation into the killings. Since the UN announcement, Russian mercenaries and FACA soldiers have blocked access into the two villages.

“They have installed an advance post in Aigbado. All persons trying to enter or leave the village are automatically gunned down,” a civil society source that opted for anonymity told HumAngle. 

Some of the persons wounded during the attack and who have returned to Bria spoke of genocide, and according to them, there are still several yet-to-be identified corpses in the bushes.

“Even in the River Kotto, fishermen have since brought 14 corpses from the river, including the corpses of women and children brought down from River Boungou, a confluence to River Kotto,” one civil society source revealed.

Each time reports accusing Russian mercenaries and FACA soldiers of massacres are published, the Bangui regime always dismiss the reports as fake news.

The United Nations seems to be determined this time around to carry out a thorough investigation into the Aigbado and Yanga massacres to ascertain the truth though the authors of the crimes are doing everything possible to block access to the sites on the crimes.

Things might be different this time around when the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera discovered that two of the massacred civilians were members of the president’s political party who were residents of Kilometre 5 in Bangui. One of the said ruling party victims was a diamond merchant.

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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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