UN Raises Alarm Over Child Beheadings in Central African Republic

The level of violence against children is “unprecedented,” a UNICEF report says

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Violence against children is on the rise in the Central African Republic — including two beheadings —in the fighting that has escalated in the capital city since last month, according to a UNICEF report out this week.

“We are witnessing unprecedented levels of violence against children. More and more children are being recruited into armed groups, and they are also being directly targeted in atrocious revenge attacks,” a UNICEF representative in the country said.

UNICEF says it has verified the killings of 16 children, and injuries to 60 others, resulting from the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim rebels have been battling Christian vigilante groups since the rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Nearly half the population of the capital city Bangui — some 370,000 people — has been displaced by the chaos and, according to the UN, the number of child soldiers in the country has doubled to 6,000 as the Central African Republic teeters on the brink of genocide, CNN reports.

“Targeted attacks against children are a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and must stop immediately. Concrete action is needed now to prevent violence against children,” a UNICEF representative said.

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valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS FOR THE ELDERLY........DEFEND THE WEAK.....KNIGHT TEMPLARS.....


WOW......BEHEADING CHILDREN......OLD NEWS.....I REMEMBER THE NAME OF ONE OF THE VIKING RAIDERS......ROLF.....THE "SKULLSPLITTER".......THE MONGOLS......GOD KNOWS......MEN WOMEN CHILDREN.....NO MERCY.....


THE WORLD'S HISOTRY.....IS WRITTEN IN BLOOD !!!!!!.......


VALENTINE,. WORLD HISTORIAN, MILITARY HISTORIAN, POLITICAL HISTORIAN....


IS PEACE POSSIBLE???????

joehonick@gmail.com
joehonick@gmail.com

As usual, the UN is too little too late....one of the expensive useless insturments.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Beheadings, child soldiers, rapes, amputations, tribal genocide have been going on for generations in the central African nations. This is not new.

But UNICEF is at the hight of their yearly push for donations. This is their time for American charity, check out all the media time they buy asking for your $19 per month. Time Inc. is doing their part by publishing these articles. 

englishchuck
englishchuck

Note also that NOWHERE in the article does it say WHO is beheading these children--but Christians are referred to as "vigilante groups"...  Must place political correctness above accurate reporting, by all means.

saintgeorge5
saintgeorge5

I have lost all faith in UN and its documentation.

Examine the cause of these problems, under the pretext of promoting democracy

lies, the bare fact, corporations greed for African resources. OIL +.


Also I strongly believe UN headquarters to be moved to GENEVA.  NO NSA.  Still they will hack.


GRIZZ
GRIZZ

Instead of raising an alarm, why not do something to stop such atrocities? 

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

What kind of a demon-possessed animal beheads a child except another human being?  And when the beheader is beheaded and so on down the chain, who really wins?  The lust for power is almost as primordial as creation itself.  Almost.

CecilioDecolongon
CecilioDecolongon

You do that because of your religion? Your God must be crazy! Stop having religion then and start being kind instead, care for each other.

saintgeorge5
saintgeorge5

@GRIZZ 

What do you suggest?  Send US marines.  All these mayhem created for oil,

So divide and rule.  Creation of South Sudan, as an example.