CAR Residents Demand Punishment for Blue Helmets

CAR Residents Demand Punishment for Blue Helmets


Personnel of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) caused a motorcycle accident in which the driver was killed. CAR residents took to the streets to rally against the UN peacekeepers’ crime.

On Saturday, July 3, a peacekeeper vehicle hit a motorcycle taxi carrying a 16-year-old girl on Avenue de France in the 5th district of Bangui. The passenger was seriously injured, and the motorcycle driver succumbed on the spot. The locals gave chase to the MINUSCA officers who tried to flee the scene.

The UN truck then hit another motorcyclist. In both accidents that left one person dead and another two seriously injured, the UN peacekeepers never stopped to help the victims.

Enraged over the crashes, Bangui residents rallied outside the MINUSCA building demanding punishment for the UN peacekeepers. The representatives of MINUSCA in the CAR have not yet commented on the situation as the protest has entered its third day.

It is not the first time the ‘blue helmets’ avoid punishment for the deaths of civilians in the CAR. In May, a MINUSCA armored vehicle ran down a motorcycle taxi driver outside the city of Amadagaza. UN personnel have also been seen cooperating with criminal gangs in the country.

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