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U.S. evacuates embassy in Central African Republic

American officials said about 40 people were evacuated on an U.S. air force plane bound for Kenya. The officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the details of the operation. The evacuation came after President François Bozize called on former colonial ruler France and other foreign powers to help his government fend off rebels who are quickly seizing territory and approaching the capital.

The U.N.’s most powerful body condemned the recent violence and expressed concern about the developments. “The members of the Security Council reiterate their demand that the armed groups immediately cease hostilities, withdraw from captured cities and cease any further advance toward the city of Bangui,” the statement said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was working to provide displaced people with water, sanitary facilities, and other necessities, and called on rebel and government forces to spare civilians. It said it had withdrawn eight staff for security reasons, but that 14 foreign staff remained in the country.

Central African Republic has a history of violent change in government. The current president himself came to power nearly a decade ago in the wake of a rebellion in this resource-rich yet deeply poor country. Average income is barely $2 a day.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1307818--americans-evacuate-embassy-staff-from-central-african-republic



I spent a summer there many years ago. Its a very beautiful country, sparsely populated. Its the poorest country in Africa.

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