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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on Violence in the Central African Republic

January 8, 2014
Press Release

Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on the violence in the Central African Republic:

"I remain deeply alarmed about the escalating violence in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). In the last year, citizens of the C.A.R. have been the victims of an ever increasing level of ethno-religious violence, which started with armed groups attacking civilians, but has worsened as civilians have increasingly taken up arms against each other. Bangui—C.A.R’s capital--has fallen into a state of turmoil with half of the city’s inhabitants, some 513,000 people, being driven from their homes.

“At this critical time, in order to ensure that more innocent civilians, including children, do not continue to die, the international community must support African Union troops as they work to disarm both Seleka and Anti-Balaka groups so that humanitarian efforts are allowed to access the citizens who are most in need."