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12/21/2018 CAR (International Christian Concern) – Amnesty international has just released a report claiming that the UN peacekeeping troops stationed in CAR have failed to protect the people on multiple occasions. According to their report, the peacekeepers allowed heavily armed men of a Séléka splinter group known as the UPC (Unité pour la Paix en Centrafrique), to attack a cathedral and the nearby refugee camp in the small town of Alindao. Instead of staying to protect the people as is their mission, the peacekeepers fled to their main base in search of safety, leaving thousands of civilians unprotected.

An immediate and impartial inquiry must focus, in particular, on whether the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) failed in its duty to protect the lives of more than 18,000 people residing at the site,” states the report. More than 100 people were killed during this attack in November 2018.

The Central African Repblic has been in turmoil for years. After the overthrow of their president in 2013 by a Muslim group known as Séléka, they have been in almost constant conflict. The Séléka has since broken down into many smaller Muslim militias, who are opposed by groups of animists and Christians known as anti-Balakas. Both of these groups have been known to commit atrocities against each other, civilian populations and religious groups. Many churches and cathedrals have been attacked because they have been trying to protect both innocent Christians and Muslims from these hostile groups.

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