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CAR Ex-fighters storm FAO office in Bangui

APA-Bangui (CAR)

Ex-fighters of the Anti-balaka and Seleka movements in the Central African Republic (CAR) have stormed the premises of the representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Fund (FAO) in Bangui in protest.

They include the 700 ex-combatants who benefited from the Community Violence Reduction Project (CVR), and since Monday have effectively blocked the activities of the UN agency.

They are demanding the livestock (goats, sheep and pigs) that FAO had been promised them to start their livestock farming activities.

They said three months after receiving training as livestock farmers, none of them was able to start the farming activities for which they had been trained.

The project was meant to reduce community violence, and was an initiative of the UN Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission for the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in a bid to provide alternatives to resorting to violence to make a living.

The ex-fighters in the city of Bangui and its surroundings underwent training in mechanics, agriculture and livestock in the training centers put in place after their identification by the UN mission.

The reintegration of these young people was financed by MINUSCA, while the implementation of the project was entrusted to FAO.

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