Cannibalism and Decapitations Horrify Central African Republic
Navi Pillay, UN high commissioner for human rights, said hatred between Christians and Muslims in the republic had now reached a “terrifying level”.
Pillay said a new 12,000 strong force of UN peacekeepers was needed to stop acts of barbarism including decapitations and cannibalism of children. If left unchecked the situation could descend into genocide, she warned.
The African Union has deployed 6,000 troops, and France added another 2,000 soldiers in support of peacekeeping effort in its former colony. So far, though, they have been unable to stop violence in the large, sparsely populated nation of 4.5 million people, Reuters reports.
“The inter-communal hatred remains at a terrifying level, as evidenced by the extraordinarily vicious nature of the killings,” Pillay told a news conference. “There is… almost total impunity: no justice, no law and order apart from that provided by foreign troops.”