Prioritizing Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping in the Central African Republic
CIVIC’s Marla Keenan and Stimson Center’s Alison Giffen discuss protection as a top priority for the UN force, MINUSCA, in the most recent edition of Humanitarian Exchange.
The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in more than 300,000 refugees and over 630,000 internally displaced people as of June 2014. Thousands of people have been killed. The international community turned to African and European forces and the United Nations to deploy troops to stabilise the country and stop the violence. The mosaic of international forces on the ground has faced two challenges: how to protect people from diverse and abundant threats and how to avoid harming civilians in the process. These challenges will not disappear when regional forces are re-hatted on 15 September 2014 under the auspices of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA).