Mukoni Ratshitanga

Last week, on the 15th of July, the British non-governmental organisation, Global Witness, published a report about the activities of logging companies in the Central African Republic.

The report, titled: Blood Timber – How Europe Helped Fund War in the Central African Republic catalogues an alleged series of very grave malpractices by six French, Chinese and Lebanese logging companies and their subsidiaries.

It alleges that during 2013, the companies funded the Seleka rebels to the tune of EUR 34 million and, to this day still oil the anti-Balaka (Seleka’s successors) killing machine, and continue to pillage Central African Republic, and an extent, the larger Congo Basin rain forests in an un-sustainable manner, to the detriment of local populations and the environment. This has seriously weakened the fragile governance system in the CAR and facilitated the illicit export of capital out of a country that is ranked 180…

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