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ICC Note: 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.
11/2/2013 Central African Republic (Reuters) – Central African Republic is at risk of spiraling into genocide as armed groups incite Christians and Muslims against each other in the virtually lawless country, senior U.N. officials told the Security Council on Friday.
The landlocked, mineral-rich nation of 4.6 million people has slipped into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized the capital, Bangui, and ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Rights groups say both sides may have committed war crimes.
“More and more you have inter-sectarian violence because the Seleka targeted the churches and the Christians, so now the Christians have created self-defense militias and they are retaliating against the Muslims,” said French U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud after a briefing by U.N. rights and aid officials.
Adama Dieng, U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, John Ging, director of operations for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Ivan Simonovic, U.N. assistant secretary general for human rights, informally briefed the 15-member Security Council.
“We are seeing armed groups killing people under the guise of their religion,” Dieng told reporters after the meeting, which was organized by France and Rwanda.
“My feeling is that this will end with Christian communities, Muslim communities killing each other which means that if we don’t act now and decisively I will not exclude the possibility of a genocide occurring,” he said.