EBAM, Cameroon—This was the “most barbaric” act of violence, Nath Ali said. Central African Republic (CAR) welcomed Russian mercenaries Notorious Wagner Groupsomeone called Vladimir Putin’s “private army”,” about four years ago.
A 32-year-old man conversed with a female friend under a mango tree about 50 meters from his home, viewing his mansion from a distance from where the two stood in Bezere village, west of CAR. Several people Russian paramilitary organizationappeared out of nowhere, dragged two neighbors’ wives off the property, stabbed them in the abdomen, and disemboweled the two women.
“The women were screaming and begging for mercy,” Ali, now a refugee in Cameroon, told the Daily Beast. “White Soldier [as many in CAR refer to Wagner mercenaries as] I didn’t ask. They killed the women and removed their stomachs and intestines. “
According to Ali and another witness, the incident occurred on December 6 last year. They said at least six other women in Bezere were killed in the same manner throughout the village.
“When I left the village, I saw the body of a pregnant woman,” Malik Tete, a 29-year-old bricklayer who fled Bezere to Cameroon after the incident, told the Daily Beast. They cut her open, removed the baby and intestines, and left them on top of the corpse.”
Ali and Tete said thousands of people fled their villages after the Bezere riots and sought refuge in the city of Bokaranga, about 27 kilometers southeast of Bezere. Many others, including witnesses, sought refuge in refugee settlements in eastern Cameroon.
“We had to leave the village because we were afraid the white soldiers would come back and kill us all,” said Ali, who fled to the town of Ngaoundere in Cameroon’s central Adamawa region. Told. “If we hadn’t run away, we would probably be dead by now.”
Bezere wasn’t the only place where a woman was allegedly massacred by Russians last December. In the nearby Letele community, locals told the Daily Beast that four women were disemboweled on the day Russian mercenaries raided their villages looking for rebels from the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) group. He said he found dead bodies in various places.
“I saw a white soldier stabbing a woman in the stomach with a knife,” Bissafi, a 30-year-old farmer who now lives in CAR’s capital Bangui, told The Daily Beast. “They said she was punished for marrying a man who works for a rebel group.”
Given the way the victims were allegedly murdered, the Russians “clearly wanted to torture the women to death,” Silvestre said, out of possible retaliation.
Those who identified some of the alleged victims in both Bezere and Letere said they were women living in two village areas where rebels from the 3R faction were located. I have been active.
“they [Russian mercenaries] We believe that all men in areas where 3R rebels are present are part of rebel groups,” Suleiman, a local vigilante in Letere, told The Daily Beast. “They are people in these areas. Every time I see them, I accuse them of supporting the rebels and even physically attack them.”
Some of the victims are the wives of young men accused of being “too friendly” with the 3R militants, according to Suleiman, who has been in contact with family members and those who witnessed the killings.
The 3R Group, made up mostly of Muslim pastoralists, was formed in 2015 to protect the Puer, a minority ethnic group in the northwestern part of the CAR, who have repeatedly clashed with farmers. In December 2020, the group joined the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC). The CPC is an alliance of armed groups in his CAR who launched an offensive shortly before the country’s presidential elections to prevent Faustin Arcanji from re-electing President Tuadera and overthrow his government.rebel army Always target CAR forces Allied Russian militias are conducting counterattacks against the militants in response. However, as many locals have claimed, the Russians may now be waging war on civilians living in the exact communities where these rebels operate.
“Sadly they [Russian mercenaries] They are targeting our women right now,” Jibril, a Bezele-born artisanal miner based in the southwestern city of Berberati, told The Daily Beast. “I know two people whose wives were brutally killed by these in December. [Russian] soldier. “
The government of the Central African Republic also Evgeny Prigozin, a close friend of President Vladimir Putin and who reportedly runs the Wagner Group, has also responded to the Daily Beast’s request for comment on the alleged evisceration of women in Bezere and Letere. A spokesperson for CAR’s Ministry of Communications and Media and an email sent to Concord Management, the company primarily owned by Prigozhin, did not respond.
“I have no words to describe what these are [Russian] The soldiers did.“
A local official in the Ouham county, which serves Bezere and Letere, told the Daily Beast that the county government was aware of the alleged incidents in the two areas and had notified authorities in Bangui.
“no one [in Bangui] We are even denouncing what has been done to the women in the communities involved,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.
There have been previous reports of Russia-linked forces targeting women in the Central African Republic. May, Daily Beast reported Wagner’s mercenaries raided a hospital in the capital Bangui last month, allegedly repeatedly attacking a mother recovering from childbirth and the medical staff caring for her. According to local independent news outlets He told witnesses that he was allegedly sexually assaulted by mercenaries for hours.
A source who told the Daily Beast about the alleged incident was appalled that the victim may not be related to the punished criminal.
“Watching helpless women beg for their lives and slaughtered like animals is the worst thing a man can do to his fellow humans,” Ali said. “There are no words to describe what these are. [Russian] soldiers did. “