Catherine Lena Kelly

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Women walk past a U.N. armored personnel carrier at the entrance to a sprawling camp for thousands of families displaced by civil war in Kaga Bandoro, Central African Republic, on Jan. 22. (Jack Losh)

Recently, The Washington Post’s Jack Losh reported on the precarious governance of Central African Republic, where, “[i]n the absence of an effective government, more than a dozen armed groups and a multitude of local militias have usurped control of about 80 percent of the impoverished former French colony.”

Given this crisis, replete with rising social tensions and political violence, in November 2017 the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA), widely known as peacekeepers or “blue helmets.” Over the next year, the Security Council expects MINUSCA to protect civilians, facilitate peace and provide “support for the rule of law.”…  Seguir leyendo »