(Men brandish machetes and knives to threaten Muslim people Central African Republic)
UNITED NATIONS SLAMS FRENCH FORCES FOR LEAVING MUSLIM FIGHTERS THEY DISARMED AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DIE
Christian militias blamed for atrocities in Central African Republic civil war plagued by cannibalism
French peacekeepers left Muslim fighters and their families to die unarmed at the hands of Christian militias, the United Nations said today.
Mass killings were carried out in the war-torn Central African Republic despite the UN sending in 1,600 troops and the African Union 4,000.
The French United Nations force disarmed Muslim fighters in a bid to stop the killings.
Instead their Christian enemies used the move to carry out retaliatory attacks on troops and their families.
The French peacekeepers later changed their tactics.
Fighters from neighbouring Chad, ostensibly also on peacekeeping duties, unleashed a wave of killings and looting after the Muslim rebel coalition, Seleka, seized power in the CAR sparking revenge attacks by the Christian militia.
The report comes in the week it was revealed a machete-wielding mob hacked a Muslim man to death before one of them turned cannibal to eat chunks of his leg.
Ouandja Magloire, now known as “Mad Dog” was part of the Christian mob who dragged the man from a bus in the country’s capital city Bangui and stabbed and macheted him to death.
But then Magloire chopped off one of the man’s legs and started chewing chunks off it before swallowing them.
He said after devouring the human flesh he had carried out the macabre act in revenge for the slaughter of his pregnant wife, as well as his sister-in-law and her baby.
United nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said today evidence showed inter communal hatred had risen to “extraordinarily vicious levels”.
The crisis sent food prices soaring, leaving many households down to one meal a day and 2.6 million people in need of U.N. humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme said in a separate report Colville defended the French peacekeepers, despite their bloody tactical blunder.
“They were obviously trying to disarm armed men, which was a good thing. There were opposition elements and even civilians who took advantage of that to attack and kill people who had been disarmed, or their dependants,” he said in his report.