African Union peacekeepers accused of executions in CAR

{Report By Al jazeera News Online}

au pkBoali, Central African Republic – Robert Kolofio was finally able to bury his younger brother Konoumon Maurice in February, more than a year after he disappeared.

His family says Maurice, along with 11 others, was executed by soldiers from Congo Brazzaville who were part of an African Union peacekeeping force.

As he seeks justice, Kolofio looks after Maurice’s six children.

“We’ve been meeting human rights people. My concern is that justice is done,” he said. “He’s left me with children, I don’t have a job, I can’t take care of them and I don’t even have the power to follow up on his death.”

Maurice was an area leader of anti-balaka, a Christian rebel group which has been one of the groups fighting a sectarian war in the Central African Republic.

People in Boali, the western town where Maurice was from, say he had kept the peace but an altercation with a Congolese AU commander could have led to his death.

Pregnant woman killed

Most of the graves alongside Maurice are marked unknown because identifying the highly decomposed bodies was difficult.

Among the bodies was a pregnant women.

“What I saw was just skull and bones. I couldn’t tell who was who but I knew it was them because of the clothes and some jewellery,” said Dabele Nguile Frederick, who witnessed the exhumation.

The 12 who were killed were well known, Frederick said, adding that he believed they were murdered at a military base near the field in which they were buried.  Culled from Aljazeera News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.