Crisis in the Central African Republic – U.S. State Dept. to Testify

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be the subject of a hearing to be held Thursday by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees Africa.

The crisis in the Central African Republic is worsening, with deepening sectarian divisions threatening to mushroom into an all-out civil war, as defenseless civilians are targeted by rival factions on a daily basis.  If, according to the State Department, the CAR was at the pre-genocide stage late last year, where do things stand today?,” asked Smith.  “As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, do we simply pay lip service to the phrase ‘never again,’ or are we going to act to prevent a repeat of such mass atrocities from occurring in the Central African Republic?”

The hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations will be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing, entitled “The Central African Republic: From “Pre-genocide” to Genocide?” will feature the highest Administration official on African policy and humanitarian advocates.

Who:        Rep. Smith, and other members of the House Africa subcommittee, and witnesses:

  • Robert P. Jackson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State
  • Kasper Agger, Field Researcher, Enough Project
  • Robin Renee Sanders, Chief Executive Officer, FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative
  • Sean Callahan, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Relief Services
  • Madeline Rose, Policy & Advocacy Advisor, Mercy Corps


When:             Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m.

Where:            Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172 (first floor)

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