Delegate Name: Peter Schrier
Special Political Committee
Central African Republic
Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
The conflict in the Central African Republic is placed alongside the Israel-Palestine crisis because they are equally dire and seemingly hopeless to the citizens of countries directly involved. While the Israel and Palestine situation is far more publicized, the civil war in the Central African Republic is just as worthy of discussion. The C.A.R. is experiencing attacks against its feeble system of democracy. In an attempt for the rebellion troops of the country to gain power, they are keeping vital items such as food and medicine from the citizens of the C.A.R. While the fact that the C.A.R. is of the poorest and hungriest countries in the world, with the absolute lowest life expectancy of any country in the world, and has seemingly absolute zero semblance of a stable government to help their citizens is obviously the most important and prescient issue, what is on the horizon is almost as worrying. How can the C.A.R. be helped?
Brazil has done an extremely large amount of peacekeeping and humanitarian work in poorer and less stable countries similar to the C.A.R. There were Brazilian troops in Haiti for more than a decade, helping Haiti form a democracy and help them through their devastating earthquake in 2010. Based on the knowledge of their Haitian peacekeeping operations, Brazil would likely be willing to get involved with the C.A.R.’s conflicts in a positive way. While things could possibly be different due to current Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro’s frequent breaking of Brazilian precedent, it would be more than likely than Brazil would help out.
Brazil should first and foremost help in getting the country fed and healthy. Obviously Brazil cannot do this alone, so it will need help from other countries in terms of money. Then, we should figure out how we can all come together to end the civil war and form a democracy in the C.A.R., ideally not just through extreme brute through force.