On April 18th 2013 a group called FLISM (Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha-Mbaéré), made up from Bantu and Pygmy, made a statement (see below) in Central African media in which it declares that it has been created to stand up against “foreign” occupation of the Sangha-Mbaéré region, which is located in south-western Central African Republic (bordering Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC), and will fight for the creation of the Republic of Sangha-Mbaéré. They’ve taken up arms to expel the “foreign invaders” and do not want to live under Muslim rule. In the same statement FLISM announced that it will “destroy Seleka” (Coalition). The group states it will start it’s operations with the liberation of Nola (the capital of the prefecture), Bayanga and Lidjombo and other villages in the Sangha-Mbaéré area. The statement was made from Lidjombo, so it is likely FLISM has it’s headquarters in that village.
In a second announcement (see below), dated April 24th 2013, the group declared war on the Seleka Coalition, which they call “Sudanian and Chadian Islamist poachers, killing all animals in the area”. They announce that they’ve already liberated Lidjombo, Tomori and Adoumandjali and are heading for Bayanga. FLISM has also called for the people of Sangha-Mbaéré to join the fight and protect the region from foreign militias.
At this moment little is known about this group, but when there is more information available, this profile will be updated.
Founded: April 18th 2013
Country of origin: Central African Republic
Type: militia / rebel
Goal: liberation of and independence for the Sangha-Mbaéré region
Opponents: Seleka Coalition, poachers and Islamist fighters (or a combination of those as alleged by FLISM)
State of War: actively involved in conflict
Armament: small fire arms and close combat mêlée arms
Operational territory: Sangha-Mbaéré region in south western Central African Republic
Tactics: guerilla tactics
Best known feat of arms: n/a
The Sangha-Mbaéré prefecture is located in south western Central African Republic and neighbours the prefectures of Haute-Sangha and Lobaye and borders the countries of Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The river Sangha cuts the prefecture in half and runs through Nola, the capital of the prefecture, which is located in the centre of the region and next to the RN10 highway (Yokadouma (CMR) – Berbérati (CAR)). Most of Sangha-Mbaéré is covered by jungle woods.
Translation of both statements:
Communiqué No. 01
FLISM – Creating the Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM)
We Bantu and Pygmy populations who live in the Prefecture Sangha Mbaéré, now a prefecture of the Central African Republic in the south west of this fictional country, met and we decided to create the Front for the Liberation and independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) because our people do not want to live in poverty, but wants to live free.
We Bantus and Pygmies from Sangha Mbaéré, created the Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM), because we do not want to live in the Central African Dictatorship.
We were victims of many Central African dictatorships, eg Gbaya dictatorship or the dictatorship of Yakoma, which now wants to impose foreign criminals Roungas, Goulas Arabs and Muslims. But we, the people of the Sangha Mbaéré, we do not want to be Muslims, we want to live free, we will create our country, we will create the Republic of Sangha Mbaéré.
In this region of Africa we only listen to the people with arms. We will take up arms and go to war against foreign invaders to liberate the people of the Sangha Mbaéré.
In the war of national liberation of Mbaéré Sangha, the Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) will take Nola, Bayanga, Lidjombo and other villages in the Sangha Mbaéré.
We are ready to die to defend and liberate our country against foreign invaders.
The Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) will destroy Seleka.
Vive la Sangha Mbaéré. Long live the Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM).
Written statement by the spokesman of the Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM)
April 18, 2013 at Lidjombo
Communiqué No. 02
The Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) started the war against Islamist Seleka
Sudanese and Chadian Seleka Islamist poachers slaughter all animals near Bayanga. The Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) can not accept that our country is destroyed by Muslim barbarians like Roungas, Goulas, Arabs and their Zaghawa brothers.
Bantus and Pygmies of the Sangha Mbaéré began the fight against the wild Seleka.
The Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) already controls Lidjombo, Tomori and Adoumandjali and we started walking towards Bayanga Nola and villages.
The Seleka will be destroyed and the Sangha Mbaéré soon released. To help us appeal to people of all the villages that form of self-defense in the same style as the people of Kivu in the DRC have formed the Mai-Mai militia to protect against invasion militias foreigners.
The victory of the Front for the Liberation and Independence of the Sangha Mbaéré (FLISM) is coming soon and the Sangha Mbaéré released.
The Spokesman FLISM to Lidjombo Wednesday, April 24, 2013