ICC Note: Muslim rebels have contributed to the high levels of violence that have taken place in CAR in the last few years. Unfortunately, this type of violence has affected Christians negatively in the country, and some of them have decided to take matters into their own hands. Additionally, the attacks of the Muslin rebels and the retaliations of some of these Christian victims destabilize the country.
04/14/2017, Tanzania (Reuters) – Violence against civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), including summary executions and mutilations, is reaching levels not seen since the height of its years-long conflict, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said.
The country descended into chaos when a mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance ousted then-president Francois Bozize in 2013, sparking reprisals from Christian militias. Religion has played a waning role as splinter groups now clash over control of territory and resources.
Recent violence has been concentrated in four prefectures in the center and east, where the government and a 13,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission have struggled to contain the bloodshed, the medical charity said.
“Our teams have witnessed summary executions and have found mutilated bodies left exposed to terrorize populations,” Rene Colgo, the deputy head of MSF’s mission in CAR, said in a statement released late on Wednesday.