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Religious Strife Poised to Erupt in Central African Republic

The African God wars continue to expand. In March 2013, Michel Djotodia, Muslim rebel leader in the Central African Republic, took control of Bangui, the country’s capital city, and overthrew the country’s President, Francois Bozize. The CAR is a Christian majority country, but after the rebel group gained power, the Christian citizens have felt increasingly threatened. BBC:

More than 35,000 Christians have sought refuge here [at a Catholic mission], after their homes were attacked by a loose alliance of former rebels known as Seleka, who ousted Mr Bozize.

The figures are still rising and an estimated 1,000 people, mainly women and children, arrived last week, non-governmental organisations say.

But even as people try to get on with their lives, this is a community under siege.

People are too afraid to leave the Catholic Mission, even when their homes are just down the street

Djotodia claims that the Seleka has been disarmed, but the attacks by the rebel group have already spurred the creation of a counter-force called the anti-balaka that is now causing violence of its own in the country. The BBC notes that instability in the CAR could spell further conflict for neighboring countries already struggling with violence, like Sudan and Uganda. As one UN official put it, the situation in the CAR is “a tinderbox that can ignite into something very, very big and very, very bad.”

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  • gabrielsyme

    Looking at the experiences of Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria and now the C.A.R., there can be no question that Islamic minorities are a significant threat to domestic peace and security. Not only should Muslim tribes have some stake in government, but it would also behoove many of these states to encourage Christian missionary efforts to these troublesome groups.

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