Parfait Onanga-Anyanga is the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Central African Republic. This makes him the top UN official in CAR, which includes overseeing a UN Peacekeeping mission of over 14,000 personnel.

That mission is known as MINUSCA and in recent weeks it has suffered a series of casualties as armed groups vie for control of the country’s natural resources.

The peacekeeping mission was first deployed in 2014 as part of an international effort to prevent CAR from sliding into deeper conflict that, at the time, experts warned could descent into genocide. Thanks in part to this international intervention, a genocide was averted, but much of the country remains unstable. The central government

I caught up with the SRSG, just as he was leaving New York to return to the Central African Republic. We discuss the current state of the conflict and the ways in which the United Nations is trying to improve conditions on the ground so a more durable peace can take hold.

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