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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Kony urged to surrender in CAR

The President of the Central African Republic (CAR) has been in contact with warlord Joseph Kony, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), urging him to surrender, reports Reuters. However, the African Union’s (AU) special envoy on the LRA told the UN that Kony has “used the negotiations as a […]

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CAR ‘could be next failed state’

The Central African Republic is in danger of becoming the world’s latest failed state, according to Médecins Sans Frontières’ director Arjan Hehenkamp. In a report published by The Guardian, Hehenkamp wrote that religion has become part of the conflict in a country “gripped by violence since the coup d’etat in […]

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Grenades found in cathedral

Two unexploded grenades have been discovered in Bossangoa Cathedral in the Central African Republic, reports Fides. Last week, World Watch Monitor reported that the interfaith conflict in the country is escalating, while Human Rights Watch has released a report on what it calls the world’s “forgotten human rights crisis”. Related […]

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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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