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How 'Pygmy' People's Rampant Pot Use Protects Them

Marijuana was a painkiller in ancient Egypt and an anesthetic in ancient China and Taiwan, Medical Daily reports. Now, an anthropologist says the Aka foragers of the Central African Republic may be unconsciously using the plant to ward off parasitic intestinal worms. Ed Hagen of Washington University Vancouver surveyed almost...

Probes of child abuse in Central African Republic should intensify: U.N. rights chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday urged several countries to intensify their investigations of alleged sexual abuse of young children in the Central African Republic by French and African soldiers posted in the conflict-torn nation.

French soldiers accused of child sex abuse in Africa: UN

4 days agoNews : NY Daily News

The United Nations is investigating allegations of sex abuse from several boys by French soldiers in the Central African Republic in 2014.

After Child Sex Abuse Allegations, France And Central African Republic Cooperate In Probe

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

PARIS (AP) — The French president's office says judicial authorities in France and Central African Republic are cooperating to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers. Following a meeting Wednesday in Paris between...Show More Summary

We cannot let down the Central African Republic again

If we pull out of Central African Republic now, the killing fields may soon return.

UN Officials Didn't Follow Up On Sex Abuse Claims For Months, But Whistleblower Was Punished

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they...Show More Summary

Over 350 Child Soldiers In Central African Republic Released From Captors

Peace talks between governing bodies, aid organizations and armed groups in Central African Republic have led to a historic number of children being freed from captors. Last Thursday, 357 child soldiers were released from the ex-Seleka...Show More Summary

The Plight of Children in Armed Conflict

May 5, 2015 - This was an ordinary Tuesday for most of us in the world, but for the children of Central African Republic (CAR), the decision taken on this day will have a significant impact on the direction that their lives take in the future. Show More Summary

Tentative Peace Reached in Central African Republic After Two Years of Brutal Fighting

3 weeks agoNews : Vice News

Ten groups in the war-torn nation have agreed to lay down their arms, potentially ending a cycle of retribution and ethnic cleansing that began in March 2013.

Clashes disrupt Central African Republic peace forum

BANGUI (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic shot in the air on Monday and used tear gas to disperse gunmen who tried to disrupt a forum aimed at helping restore peace to the country, witnesses said.

Central African Republic ends fight with militant groups

3 weeks agoNews : NY Daily News

The United Nations says rival armed groups in Central African Republic have signed a deal to lay down their arms and end a conflict that has killed thousands.

Central African Republic militias agree to disarmament deal

BANGUI (Reuters) - Rival armed groups in Central African Republic on Sunday agreed to a peace accord requiring them to disarm and potentially face justice for war crimes committed during two years of conflict.

U.S. urges probe of U.N. handling of Central Africa abuse charges

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Friday described as horrifying accusations of sexual abuse of children by French and African troops in Central African Republic, and called for a separate inquiry into how the United Nations handled the allegations.

WTF Friday, 5/8/2015

Last week the news broke that French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic sexually abused homeless children begging for food at a Bangui refugee camp. We know about this because a UN staffer passed an internal report on the allegations to … Continue reading ?

The sex-for-food scandal in Central African Republic

Why it's so difficult for the UN to deal with abuse committed by the troops of a powerful state.

Anders Kompass May Return to Work at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Yesterday, the United Nations Dispute Tribunal lifted the suspension of Anders Kompass the senior staff member at the OHCHR who transmitted allegations of pedophilia by French troops in the Central African Republic to the French police. Show More Summary

WHO/UNHCR issue new guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

Worldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. Show More Summary

Central African Republic groups agree to free all child soldiers: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Armed groups in the Central African Republic have agreed to release all child soldiers and children associated with their forces, who may be used as cooks or messengers or for sexual purposes, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

Elephant Watch

In November, 2011, a caravan of poachers—as many as a hundred, by some counts—crossed into the Central African Republic on horseback from Sudan. They rode seven hundred miles along the northern border, and entered Bouba-Njida National Park, in Cameroon. Show More Summary

Accusations against French troops shine a light on a wider problem for the U.N.

last monthNews : BlogPost

When the Central African Republic stumbled into chaos in 2013, French soldiers were sent to protect the country's most vulnerable people in a U.N. peacekeeping mission. Now, some of those soldiers stand accused of sexually exploiting...Show More Summary

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