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ICC Note: After an attack on a church where 17 were killed, and a retaliatory attack on a mosque where seven were killed, Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui, has called for an end to the violence. Central African Republic has been ravaged by sectarian and religious violence for years from both Muslim Seleka Forces, and Animist/Christian Anti-Balaka forces.

05/17/2018 CAR (World Watch Monitor) – Emotions were high at Notre Dame de Fatima church in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic on Sunday (13 May), as bereaved and traumatised worshippers prepared for a pastoral visit from their cardinal.

Two weeks ago the parish became the scene of a massacre, when armed men from the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of PK5 stormed the Mass and opened fire, killing a priest and 16 worshippers. Dozens more were injured and taken to various health centres around the capital.

In the retaliatory violence that followed, another seven people were killed, a mosque was torched and many people saw their properties looted and set on fire.

Now a relative calm has been restored in Bangui. Schools, offices and shops that shut in the immediate aftermath of the killings have reopened, and the traffic has returned to the city centre.

However, some neighbourhoods near PK5 resemble a ghost town after inhabitants fled the violence that followed the massacre, and security forces still patrol the neighbourhoods.


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