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The elusive Russian private military company, Group Wagner, is prey to silly damnation since it made its way to Africa and into the Central Africa Republic (CAR) in 2018. In collaboration with some media houses like CNN and RFI, France is going depths just to secure her castrated presence in Central African Republic against Russia. And just as it is said that “in a war of elephants, it’s the grass that suffers”, the embattled Central African state of president Faustin Archange Touadera still suffers conflicts with by rebel attackers until now.

How Violence Erupted in Central Africa Republic

Since gaining independence in 1960, CAR has experienced decades of violence and instability. An insurgency led by the Seleka (or “alliance” in Sango)—a coalition of armed, primarily Muslim groups—has resulted in the severe deterioration of the country’s security infrastructure and heightened ethnic tensions. Seleka fighters launched an offensive against the CAR government in December 2012, and both seized the capital city of Bangui and staged a coup in March 2013. In response to brutality by Seleka forces, “anti-balaka” (meaning “invincible” in Sango) coalitions of Christian fighters formed to carry out reprisal violence against Seleka fighters, adding an element of religious animosity to the violence that had previously been absent. Despite optimism after the election of President Faustin Archange Touadera in the spring of 2016, the crisis only intensified. Due to the scale of the crisis, the UN Security Council established a peacekeeping force in April 2014 that incorporated African Union and French forces that had been deployed to CAR previously. And in 2018, President Touadera solicited help from Russia who dispatched military personnel and Private Military Contractors (PMCs) - the Wagner Group, who stayed back till date to help counter attacks by rebel factions.

Constructed Lies and Accusations Against Wagner Group