Archive for August 9, 2008

The Lights Go Out in the Central African Republic

From Strategy Page:

August 9, 2008: The lights have gone out, literally. Over half a century of poor maintenance and neglect, the power grid of the Central African Republic has collapsed. The capital has gone dark. Two nearby hydroelectric power stations, which provide most of the nation’s electricity, have failed from years of neglect. The government is calling on foreign aid donors to fly in generators for hospitals and other essential services. Generators that have been brought in previously have not been maintained, and wear out quickly. This is not an exceptional event, for colonial era infrastructure, from roads to power plants, are collapsing from decades of post-independence neglect. This causes more unrest, as factions battle for a dwindling supply of resources.

August 7, 2008: The Central African Republic’s northern and north-eastern areas continue to be used by Chadian and Sudanese rebel groups as a route for moving personnel and equipment. That’s one reason the UN labels the CAR’s security situation as “fragile.” There are others, including claims that CAR soldiers have joined some of the “northern bandits” in raiding villages. In February and March several Lords Resistance Army bands (LRA, the Ugandan rebels) moved into the CAR and raided several towns and villages in the country’s southeast (including the towns of Obo and Bambouti). Five months later there is renewed concern that the CAR could become a “new front” in Uganda ‘s war with the LRA.

Read more about the Central African Republic here.

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