AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Christian and Muslim religious leaders try to break the cycle of sectarian violence
Bangui (Agenzia Fides) – The situation in the Central African Republic remains extremely precarious, despite the intervention of French troops and African Union, particularly in the capital, Bangui.
The French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is on a visit to the military engaged in the "Sangaris" operation said that the Country risks sinking into anarchy.
In Bangui, which has one million inhabitants, 110,000 are displaced, while acts of aggression and revenge for religious reasons multuply. The Seleka rebels, who overthrew former President François Bozizé in March, and are mostly Muslims, were responsible for many acts of violence against the population, especially against Christians. The self-defense groups, the so-called "anti-Balaka", formed mainly by Christians, in turn commit reprisals not only against Seleka but also against Muslim civilians, considered to be close to the rebels.
To try to break the cycle of hatred, Christian and Muslim religious leaders have taken a number of initiatives. On December 11, a meeting of reconciliation between the Muslim and Christian communities in the presence of a hundred people was held in the PK13 area of Bangui. On the same day, Christian and Muslim religious leaders carried out another symbolic gesture: the distribution of food to 10,000 internally displaced people in the capital. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 13/12/2013)
- 2014-10-15 - Contacts with the kidnappers of the Polish missionary
- 2014-10-08 - Despite chaos and violence in Bozoum, schools have reopened and the pastoral year has started
- 2014-10-03 - Caritas France: "The situation is still critical because of violence"
- 2014-10-01 - "The crisis pushes more and more faithful to religious syncretism" denounces Mgr. Nzapalainga
- 2014-09-18 - "He protected the Muslims": the Alison Des Forges Award to a Central African camillian
- 2014-09-16 - “Central African crisis not insuperable” says Archbishop of Bangui
- 2014-08-18 - The Archbishop of Bangui to politicians "stop the suffering of the people as soon as possible"
- 2014-07-17 - Civil society presents a scheme to lead the country out of the crisis
- 2014-07-11 - "Immediate start of the process of disarmament to ensure safety" ask religious leaders and politicians
- 2014-07-09 - 17 people who sought refuge in the area of the Cathedral in Bambari have been killed