Gunmen stormed a hospital and killed 16 people in what is only the latest report of bloodshed from the Central African Republic. The Voice of America reports:
MSF [Doctors Without Borders] says former Seleka rebels surrounded the hospital grounds while the aid group’s officials met with local community leaders. It says some of the gunmen robbed the MSF office at gunpoint, while others opened fire on benches where the meeting was taking place, killing or wounding participants.
The former French colony has been awash in violence since Seleka rebels forced former President François Bozizé out of the country in March 2013. But what began as a political crisis quickly degenerated into a vicious sectarian war between the country’s Christian majority and Muslim minority. Rapes, lynchings, beheadings, and immolations have been widely reported in an escalation of retaliatory attacks.The same pattern is gripping countries across northern and central Africa. In Nigeria, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed more than 1,500 people since the start of 2014, and shows no sign of slowing down. Last week Islamic militants killed 14 Algerian soldiers in a bloody ambush. Somalia and Kenya are both scrambling to restrain the Islamist group Al Shabaab, which was responsible for the 2013 Nairobi mall shooting that left 67 dead.As we move further into the 21st century, religion will likely continue to foment hot spots in international security, particularly in Africa.