The Central African Republic has yet to fully emerge from a civil war fought partly along religious lines. Although the Islamist rebel group, Séléka, has been driven out of many parts of the country, attacks against Christians continue in the capital, Bangui, and in the mainly Muslim northeast. Christians have been forced to flee from their villages and are denied access to farming fields. Large groups of Christians live in extremely poor conditions in refugee camps.

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CAR rebels killed; church attacked

A spiral of reprisal violence in the western portion of the Central African Republic this month has resulted in the desecration of a Catholic parish and has forced 18 priests and nuns to flee, according to Agenzia Fides, the Vatican’s missionary news service. The trouble began earlier this month when […]

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Top pastor’s arrest adds to Christians’ concerns in Central African Republic

Top pastor’s arrest adds to Christians’ concerns in Central African Republic

The order for Rev. Nicolas Guerékoyamé’s arrest seems to have come straight from the very top. President Michel Djotodia, pictured, seized power in a coup in March.Crispin for World Watch Monitor   The already fragile situation for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be worsening. On Tuesday (August […]

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Police arrest pastor for Sunday sermon

Angered by a Sunday sermon, police in the Central African Republic arrested Rev. Nicolas Guerékoyamé on Tuesday (6 August), releasing him several hours later. Authorities accused Guerékoyamé, president of the Evangelical Alliance in the Central African Republic, of making “excessive and extremist comments” and “striking a blow at the dignity […]

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World abandons C. African Republic in hour of need, MSF says

World abandons C. African Republic in hour of need, MSF says

International health NGO Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) says the population of the Central African Republic has been “abandoned” to a humanitarian emergency “just when they most need help”, and that the country’s healthcare system has collapsed. With most NGOs and aid agencies withdrawing to the capital, Bangui, citing […]

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Anxiety high as rebels take over Central African Republic

Anxiety high as rebels take over Central African Republic

A three-month-old rebel uprising in the Central African Republic swept into the country’s capital Sunday, ousting the president and leaving ransacked Christian homes and churches in its wake. A source close to the Episcopal Conference of the Central African Republic told World Watch Monitor that many Christians’ properties have been […]

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