Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

ICC Note

Violence in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) is not new, but it is growing back to what it has been at its worst periods in recent memory. According to reports by Amnesty International, areas of the C.A.R. which have previously been mostly untouched by the wars and attacks that have plagued the country are now hotspots. This is to the point that international observers now warn that Central African Republic is approaching the levels of violence seen at the height of the conflict in 2014. Factions of militia that split off from the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels have been terrorizing the country for the past few years. There have been reports of them entering towns and raping women and killing their spouses. This led to retaliation by Christian and animist militias. We pray that the violence does not continue to grow and that the U.N. can actually start protecting the people of C.A.R.

 

2017-09-08 C.A.R. (WashingtonPost) Rebels in a volatile region of Central African Republic are raping women and killing their male relatives in a “horrific surge” of violence that is now clearly along sectarian lines, Amnesty International warned Friday.

The human rights organization interviewed dozens of survivors in Basse-Kotto prefecture in the country’s east, where a rebel group known as the UPC has carried out waves of attacks. The rebels are considered an offshoot of the mostly Muslim rebel coalition known as Seleka that overthrew the longtime president in 2013.

While a period of relative stability allowed for Pope Francis to visit and for elections to be held, international observers now warn that Central African Republic is approaching the levels of violence seen at the height of the conflict in 2014.

One woman interviewed by Amnesty described a horrific attack in May. She said UPC fighters shot her husband in the legs when he tried to flee and then told the couple: “We’re going to do something to you Christians that won’t be forgotten for many generations.”

 

 

Full Story