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As French peacekeepers begin to arrive in CAR, hundreds of Christians have fled the capital city as Muslims are engage in door-to-door religious cleansing.
As Islamists go door-to-door slaughtering Christians, many have sought refuge and protection with the French military contingent guarding the international airport in the CAR capitol, Bengui. More than 450,000 persons, mostly Christians, have been driven from their home by the marauding Muslim insurgency.
Almost half of a million people have been driven from their homes in the wake of a religious cleansing campaign by the Séléka Islamists. Christian communities have forced self-defense militias to protect lives and property. Late yesterday, a skirmish between a predatory band of Séléka and a local militia developed into a pitched battle that left 105 dead, and many more wounded. The Islamists are equipped with modern weaponry and are veteran fighters, with many experienced foreign jihadists in their ranks The militias are often armed only with machetes and hunting rifles. It is likely that the majority of casualties were inflicted upon Christians by the Séléka. France has stated that it will begin preparations today to establish peacekeeping operations immediately, before the situation devolves even further.
As the majority-Christian Central African Republic slides into anarchy, Islamists continue their campaign of religious cleansing. Most recently , they threatened refuges - mostly women and children - taking shelter in a Catholic mission. Peacekeepers are scheduled to arrive next month.
This week, the United States and France allocated funds to support a peacekeeping effort in CAR scheduled to begin in January. Christians in CAR face an active and brutal Islamist religious cleansing campaign that has killed thousands and driven tens of thousands from their homes. The US State Department states that CAR is dangerously "pre-genocidal."
As the Islamists prosecute their campaign of religious classing across the CAR, Christian churches and missions ahem increasingly become refugee camps, where the persecuted congregate for protection and to receive aid. More than 30,000 have crowded into the diocese at Bangui, and now reports indicate that the mission at Bouca has thousands arriving on the grounds after fleeing the latest Séléka attacks.
The United Nation has already agreed in principle to deploy a peacekeeping force to the Central African Republic, where the majority Christian community has been ravaged by groups of armed Islamists. However, CAR's rapid disintegration as a state has generated apprehension that such a force may not arrive in time. The UN is now considering drawing from forces already in to the region in order to establish a presence more quickly. If they are able to do so, it would be a blessing to the hundreds of thousands of Christians there facing violent persecution each day.
As the Islamist insurgency continues in the Central African Republic, it ties ties to the military and police in the country are revealing themselves. Many have questioned the relationship of President Djotodia to the militants, and it appears that he is using them to quell dissent and silence opposition. The assassination of a prominent judge by the Islamists may have been an effort to silence another vocal opponent of Djotodia's rule.
Michel Djotodia is the Central African Republic's first Muslim president. He was brought to power by the Séléka Islamists, whom he now claims to be distanced from. After a series of abductions and discrimination by the Séléka, some Christians protested the President's policies. They were subsequently attacked by the Séléka, with three killed and several wounded, evidencing the Islamist continued fanatical support for Djotodia.
The presence of foreign jihadists is an indication of both the radicalization and the international terrorist links of the Séléka. Their method of operations mirrors that of the jihadists in Bosnia in the 1990's, where many committed heinous acts against the Christian populations specifically to provoke retribution. In CAR, the jihadists are successfully driving a wedge between the domestic Muslims and Christians in hopes of provoking a full-fledged religious civil war. This report from Foreign Policy seems to indicate that they are succeeding.
The United Nations Children's Fund has demanded that the CAR government lead by strongman Michel Djotodia investigate the mass killings of civilians occurring across the country. As ICC has previously reported, CAR is predominantly Christian. Yet Islamists have overrun much of the country and are targeting Christian civilians with wanton violence.
ICC reporting has indicated for some time that the actions of the Séléka Islamists appear to be coordinated with President Djotodia's agenda. Recent reports from human rights groups now reveal that President Djotodia is in fact the main perpetrator of violence against civilians in the predominantly Christian CAR. Djotodia and the Islamists Séléka appear to have coordinated a campaign of religious cleansing, with dual goals of establishing Muslim supremacy and also securing Djotodia's control of the CAR's many resource rich areas.
The Séléka Islamist insurgency has targeted Christians in a campaign of religious cleansing. Satellite imagery has revealed areas where hundreds of homes and entire villages have been burned, and other areas where tens of thousands of the displaced have established makeshift camps while awaiting aid.
The CAR town of Bouar is a predominately Christian town, and the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church for all of CAR. I the story below, Al Jazeera is credited with uncovering the story of a massacre, and the mass graves providing the evidence of such. But they neglect to report the fact that the villagers were entirely Christians, and the perpetrators were Islamists engaged in a religious cleansing campaign.
The situation in CAR has reached a state of near anarchy; Christians are subject to rampant violence in a campaign of religious cleansing by the Islamist rebels that installed the current President in a coup earlier this year. As Christian communities began to organize in self-defense, international diplomatic and aid organizations fear the country may spark a religious war which may speed across the region.
ICC has previously reported upon the horrible state of affairs for Christians in Bossangoa, CAR, where thousands have fled Islamists persecution and taken refuge inside the grounds of the town's Catholic diocese. BBC offers a look inside the tenuous haven ...
CAR Christians have been brutalized by armed and organized Islamists in an ongoing campaign of religious cleansing. Christian communities have only recently organized organized in "anti-machete" self-defense groups, which has finally garnered the attention on the international community now that Muslims are being killed by the Christian militias.
Although Christians constitute more than eighty-percent of the population in the Central African Republic, they are increasingly the victims of what appears to be a coordinated campaign of religious cleansing by Islamist forces. The United Nations is taking notice as the international community continues to discuss aid and intervention policies which are hoped to bring peace and stability. But until that happens, some Christian villages are organizing militias for self-defense, while many thousands of others have been forced from their homes and communities.
The Séléka Islamists have driven thousands of Christians from their homes in a religious cleansing campaign, which has often been ignored or mischaracterized in Western media. The Catholic diocese in Bossangoa has become a refuge of sorts for those fleeing this persecution. But their mounting numbers, which are increasing every day as the fighting goes unchecked, challenge the aid organizations which are working to provide food and care to the masses huddled amongst the meager grounds of this venerated house of worship.
The Central African Republic is majority Christian. Despite this fact, the Christian population suffers persecution and duress at the hand of an Islamist insurgency which installed the country first Muslim President earlier this year in a putsch.
CAR is a majority Christian nation. However, corruption and weak governance made it possible for a coup earlier this year which increasingly appears to be the result of an Islamist attempt to gain control over resource-rich areas of the CAR. The Islamist are well trained and well armed, and include many foreign fighters in their ranks. In the vacuum created by an interim government that is either unable or unwilling to impose law and order, the Islamists forces are able to operate with near-impunity, establishing Sharia rule in the areas they dominate, persecuting Christians and assaulting Christian culture with abandon.
Séléka and Islamist terror groups have been conducting religious cleansing operations against Christians in the Central African Republic. ICC has reported on the allegations that this campaign receives some measure of support and coordination from foreign Islamic states. Further reports indicate that the Islamist campaign is spilling over the borders of the CAR, including targeted persecution of Christians and religious cleansing campaigns in Christian areas.
Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga traveled yesterday to Geneva, where on Friday he will make a case to the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group, calling for immediate assistance including peacekeeping intervention, humanitarian relief, and International Criminal Court investigation of human rights abuses.
International aid organizations are reporting that the situation in CAR is worsening. Christians are beginning organize to resist the well-armed. veteran Islamist Séléka. The potential for rapid escalation of violence and killing is present, as CAR devolves into anarchy and civil war. Please pray for the CAR.
ICC has continued to report on the persecution of the Cristian majority population in CAR by well-armed and experienced Islamist fighters. French and EU security officials arrived in Bangui this week to assess the situation and develop plans for military intervention to counter the Islamist threat.
ICC has continued to report on the relentless violence perpetrated against the majority Christian population by well armed and experienced Séléka rebels. Many of these Séléka Islamists recently fought in the recent coup that installed Michel Djotodia as the nation's first Muslim president. CAR's security forces have failed to protect Christian villages from attacks and atrocities committed by Séléka, and some villages have formed "self defense groups" to provide protection where government forces can or will not so so. It is with surprise that ICC now reports that CAR security forces have taken action in the country, but rather than pushing back against the organized Séléka veterans, they seem to have specifically targeted a Christian group 'formed by local residents exasperated by the abuses committed by members of the ex-rebel Seleka group.'
The combination of ready access to weapons flowing from Arab Spring states in North Africa, and the fact that the Sahel zone is outside the reach of most of the region's military and policing capability, have allowed for the formation of a "petri-dish" for the breeding of Islamists. The lawlessness of the Sahel has allowed the groups operating from to zone to conduct operations against Christian and Western targets with near impunity. The effort of the Séléka in CAR is just one example, where the Islamists are attempting to form a Sharia state despite the population being composed mostly of Christians.
In response to the rapidly escalating levels of violence against CAR's majority Christian community by Séléka rebels and other Islamists, France undertook preparations earlier this week for large-scale military intervention in the near-lawless nation. The United Nations Security Council is following suit, developing authorization support for a peacekeeping operation. These efforts may in time restore stability and protection to the beleaguered Christian population.
The coup earlier this year and the resulting impotence of the new government has caused the Central African Republic to descend into a lawless state. As ICC continues to report, this situation has allowed for unchecked persecution of the Christian minority throughout the country by the minority Muslims, often aided by experienced and well-armed foreign Islamists fighters. The situation, however, also represents a security risk to Western powers. Terrorist groups are migrating into CAR , seeking a safe haven and base from which they may launch operations with impunity. These groups have means and capacity to greatly increase the suffering of Christians in the country. France, which of the Western powers has invested the most in the region, is making preparations to intervene on a large scale to eliminate flush out the terror groups. This action may also counteract much of the persecution against Christians... but will it come in time?
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