Continual humanitarian crises inflict the nation of Central African Republic, where fighting between rival groups has destroyed the nation and created ‘apocalyptic’ conditions. Now according to Reuters, at least 200,000 people have fled all neighboring countries, prompting another regional refugee crisis.
More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) since violence erupted over a December election result, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, with nearly half crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The CAR army, backed by U.N., Russian and Rwandan troops, has been battling rebels seeking to overturn a Dec. 27 vote in which President Faustin-Archange Touadera was declared the winner.
“Refugees have told UNHCR that they fled in panic when they heard gun shots, leaving their belongings behind,” spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told journalists in Geneva.
The nation of nearly five million people, larger than mainland France, Belgium and Luxemburg combined and rich in diamonds, timber and gold, has struggled to find stability since a 2013 rebellion ousted former president Francois Bozize.
The current fighting between a coalition of militias on the one side and the national army and its backers on the other was sparked by a Constitutional Court decision to bar Bozize’s candidacy in the Dec. 27 presidential election.
Former prime minister Martin Ziguele, who came third in the Dec. 27 election, said on Friday there was fighting across the country every day, preventing movement between towns, and pushing more people to flee.
“Everyone is focused on the main transport route between the capital and eastern Cameroon for supplies, but inside the country, there is no movement,” Ziguele told Reuters by phone from Bangui
About 92,000 refugees have reached DRC and more than 13,000 have crossed into Cameroon, Chad and the Republic of Congo. The rest are displaced inside the Central African Republic, the UNHCR said.
Ongoing attacks have hampered humanitarian access, the main road used to bring supplies has been forced to shut inside the country, and many are now facing “dire conditions”, UNHCR’s Cheshirkov said. (source)
Other major refugee crises taking place in Africa right now are in Burkina Faso and Mali, as well as a major one forming in Tigray in East Africa.
The culmination of multiple refugee crises throughout Africa does not bode well for anybody, because these are displaced peoples looking for somewhere to go, and they number in the millions. The last time a situation like this happened was in 2015, which prompted Europe to invite and instigate coming to Europe, which triggered the infamous migration crisis.
Shoebat.com has been warning that another major migration crisis may be forming right now that will dwarf anything seen in 2016 if not stopped. As we have noted, many times these ‘crises’ when looked at more closely are not ‘invasions’, but the intentional destruction of homelands and then inviting people to Europe and then blaming problems on them. It is the worst kind of a ‘scapegoat’ situation, where people who were victimized are given ‘help’ and then blamed for taking the help as well as being collectively associated with the worst offenders in an objective criminal sense from among their group.
As a trend, watch for another major event- possibly a NATO incursion into Tigray in East Africa -that amid the already existing refugee crises taking place, will trigger an unprecedent humanitarian crisis and then a migration of an equal scale towards Turkey and Europe. If this happens, expect a rise in nationalism like never before seen, and with it potential calls for militarism against the migrants, as they will be blamed for the problems of Europe since they are the most obvious “face” on the surface when the issues are far deeper. This is simply an extension of current trends that we have noted, where the 2020s are the ‘decade of escalation’ and things will simply get worse from here until, most likely, it culminates in a major global war.