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ICC Note:
Refugees in Central African Republic, both Christian and Muslim, are struggling to survive as Muslim militants formally attached to the Seleka group and Christian militias call a brief truce. Christian persecution spiked after the Central African Republic’s former Christian led government we toppled by the Muslim Seleka group. As incidents of violence against Christians continued to spread, Christian neighborhoods began to employ militia groups who quickly turned their rage on all Muslims, regardless of their connection to the Seleka group. Since then, the Central African Republic has been plunged into chaos, pitting Christian against Muslim. Please pray for peace to be found soon.  
1/15/2014 Central African Republic (Charisma News) – Aid agencies estimate that at least 1 million people, about a fifth of the population, have been displaced by violence in Central African Republic (CAR). Open Doors over the weekend visited two of the camps scattered around Bangui. [Around the airport there are about 100,000 refugees in camps.]
“There are 57 refugee sites in the city of Bangui. At the airport, there are at least 100,000 people. I went there this morning to worship and pray with the Christians who gathered there after victimization by ex-Seleka forces,” wrote an Open Doors co-worker, who remains unidentified for security reasons. He reported that the atmosphere remains tense in the camps.
“The airport site inspires fear. Among the refugees there are members of anti-Balaka groups and also Muslims who disguise themselves as people of peace and then throw grenades among Christians.”
Apart from the tense atmosphere, Open Doors’ co-worker found the conditions the refugees are facing shocking. He witnessed the desperate circumstances aid agencies, including the U.N. humanitarian agency, have been reporting from CAR. The U.N. humanitarian agency last Saturday reported that there are growing food and clean water shortages with fear for tougher times ahead as many people have lost their livelihoods and don’t have seed for the next planting season.
“People live like real animals. There is no latrine. People are living in over-crowded conditions,” reported the co-worker.
Despite the obvious difficulties they are facing, the Christians gathered for worship.
“We had communion together,” wrote the OD co-worker. After the service, he also visited the refugees at a second camp for worship service. It remains hard for him to be confronted with the immense need of those he met.
“I have met many pastors who have been victimized who are in dire need of assistance. Our discreet assistance to others previously has made a big difference and I hope that we can make the same difference for these pastors I recently met.
“On Friday, interim president Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicholas Tiangaye resigned after a two-day summit for regional leaders in Chad. Speaker of the provisions parliament, Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, was appointed interim president. He issued stern warning to ex-Seleka fighters and to anti-Balaka, saying: “The chaos is over, the pillaging is over, the revenge attacks are over.”

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