Christian-Muslim Bloodbath Devastates Central African Republic

UPI, November 11, 2013

The mineral-rich Central African Republic is collapsing into chaos amid a worsening religious conflict between Christians and Muslims that could trigger genocide and bring more upheaval to a region already beset by turmoil, observers warn.

“The situation . . . is horrendous,” Gerard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United Nations, said last week after the Security Council was briefed on the swelling bloodbath in the former French colony.

“The state has collapsed and this country is now simply plundered, looted, the women are raped, people are killed by thugs,” he said. “The country has fallen into anarchy.”

“If we don’t act now, and decisively, I will not exclude the possibility of a genocide occurring,” warned Adama Dieng, U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide.

The predominantly Christian CAR has been torn by violence since a loose alliance of five Muslim rebel groups known as the Seleka seized the capital Bangui in March, unseated President Francois Bozize and installed one of their leaders, Michel Djotodia, as transitional president.

As the bloodletting worsened, Djotodia, the first Muslim to run the country, announced the dissolution of the Seleka Sept. 13 in an apparent bid to disassociate himself from the rebel savagery, looting and raping that has killed hundreds of people and driven 500,000 from their homes.

The World Food Program says 1.1 million people face severe food shortages because of the crisis.

The country of 4.6 million people is rich with minerals, including uranium, gold and diamonds. But decades of instability and endemic corruption have left the CAR trapped in poverty and continual crisis.

But several Seleka leaders continue to wage their own wars with Christians who claim to be supporters of the ousted Bozize, who seized power in 2003 in one of the many coups that have plagued the country since the French departed 53 years ago.

Djotodia blames the Christians, who have formed self-defense groups to counter the marauding Seleka, for the bloodshed. Oxford Analytica says Djotodia “has become the main perpetrator of violence against civilians.”

Bozize is said to be in East Africa plotting a comeback that’s only likely to worsen the crisis.

Godfrey Byaruhanga, Amnesty International‘s CAR researcher, said Seleka soldiers have been responsible for widespread sexual violence, forcibly recruiting child fighters and recruiting criminals and foreign fighters from neighboring Chad and Sudan drawn by the volatile situation.

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Fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, including child soldiers, are already believed to be using the CAR as a hideout from their pursuers, which include U.S. Special Forces.

The religious aspect of the bloodletting has heightened alarm since the Muslim attacks on Christians reflects similar conflicts involving Islamist militants in Somalia in East Africa, Nigeria in West Africa, as well as from Mauritania eastward along the Mediterranean rim, all linked to al-Qaida or its regional affiliates.

The Somalia conflict is spreading to Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, which are mainly Christian. There have been sectarian murders and clashes in Zanzibar and Tanzania in recent months.

Two weeks ago, the U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of a 250-strong military force to protect U.N. workers in the CAR.

There’s pressure for a full-scale U.N. peacekeeping deployment, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to report within days on possible intervention.

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  • dd121

    And we’re letting the Muzzies stream into the West?

    • M.

      It has more to do with the people than with the religion.
      In Albania for example, Sunni Muslims have been living alongside Catholics and other Christians for decades without it degenerating into a civil war.

      • dd121

        The greater the numbers and the longer they’re here, they start pushing back at boundaries to see what they can do to impose their religion. No, it’s not civil war now but what about in 20 or 300 years?

      • Pro_Whitey

        I agree with some of the others who have replied. Shall we ask the Serbs in Kosovo what happens when Albanian muslims decide to expand their territory? Everyone was ready to condemn Christian Serbs, but now that the moo-slimes are in control of Kosovo, I understand there is all manner of anti-Christian activity, but all that gets dropped down the memory hole.

  • Take the religion angle out of it, and the Central A-Freak-en Republic would still be a bloodbath.

    Only it would tribal warfare or warfare using some other factor to delineate the combatants.

    It’s just that the Christian and Muslim religion angle is just the modern convenient excuse for blacks to do what they always have in Africa and elsewhere, divide up in gangs and massacre each other.

  • GOD

    More black on black crime? Excuse me while I look in the mirror at my ear to ear grin…

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    Muslim & Bloodbath in the same headline? Who would have thunk it?

  • Spartacus

    “The country has fallen into anarchy.”

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    They’re saying it as if there are any black countries that aren’t in complete anarchy .

  • bigone4u

    The inherent savagery of blacks and the consequent murders of blacks by blacks are not my problem and should not be the problem of any other white person. Other than not providing them with weapons, the US and Europe should stay out tribal conflicts, since they are never ending. NO refugees, please.

  • Sick of it

    The religion of peace sure seems to be leaving a big pile of bodies around the world.

  • MBlanc46

    Short of a return of European colonialism, which is a complete nonstarter, there’s very little that anyone can do to save the Africans from themselves.

  • IstvanIN

    Let them battle it out among themselves. It is none of our business. The only genocide the French should worry about is the on-going genocide against them.

  • hastings88

    This kind of news always disturbs me because it always results in “refugees” who come to North America, Europe or Australia.

  • The wiring underneath that particular “care” button seems to have burned out in my case. All reading this article did was make me laugh. Perhaps current is shorting somewhere because I’m smiling so much my face already hurts.

    Thank you in advance, Santa!

  • libertarian1234

    “The state has collapsed and this country is now simply plundered, looted, the women are raped, people are killed by thugs,” he said. “The country has fallen into anarchy.”

    Is that a description of this country? It could well be a descriptive fit.

    The only difference between there and here is that the authorities there are fighting too. The ones here just ignore the fighting and pretend it doesn’t exist, because it is not two sided, but a one sided black on white atrocity, and they’re hoping if they ignore it it will go away and they’ll save their careers by not becoming involved.

    I will concede, however, that they’re a bit more advanced in their conflicts than we are, but at the rate we’re devolving we’ll catch up to them in no time at all.

    And, who knows, whitey might even start fighting back.

  • Sick of it

    Which of course runs contrary to primary sources on how the people lived in Africa prior to colonial powers taking over various countries.

  • Sick of it

    There are Christians, Muslims, Pagans, and syncretic types. They have a fairly diverse religious community in Africa, including Jews in some countries. Obviously Hindus where Indians have settled.

  • Tai Mega

    While a steady supply of weapons from america and europe are allowed into these warring lands.
    If any of these fighting people were christian or muslim, they would not be killing one another.
    Grow up, this isnt the 17th century.
    Stop taking up the ways of the europeans…