12/11/2018 CAR (International Christian Concern) – Attacks on church run refugee camps continued in the Central African Republic last week. The Unité pour la Paix en Centrafrique(UPC), a Muslim militia in CAR, has often targeted Christian populations, including churches who are helping displaced people in the country. Last week, on Tuesday, December 4, the group attacked a small church hosting IDPs in the city of Ippy. There have not been clear reports on the total number of people killed or injured during the attack however. The church, Saint Xavier, was giving shelter to many of those who have fled from other areas that have been in conflict.
This attack took place mere weeks after a larger attack was conducted on camp in the town of Alindao. During this attack, 60 people were killed and many of these refugees had to flee again. Reports have come down that many refugees in CAR are starving due to continued fighting. They are unable to find jobs, or grow food, because they constantly have to run to new and safer areas.
This conflict started in 2013, when a group called Seleka, a muslim militia, overthrew the government of CAR. Since then, Ex-seleka forces and militias called anti-balaka, have continued to fight each other. There have been constant attacks on both muslim and Christian civilians in the fighting, which has made this country one of the most destabliled in the world.
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