Skip to content

Muslims flee Central African Republic - only 1,000 remain out of 100,000 in capital

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/10/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Less than a fifth of requested aid comes to United Nations

Fleeing religious violence, fewer than 1,000 Muslims remains out of the more than 100,000 Muslims who once lived in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos says the upheaval has been triggered by a campaign of violence by Christian militias.

Aid workers fear malaria and dysentery in makeshift camps with the onset of the six-month-long rainy season due to begin in April.

Aid workers fear malaria and dysentery in makeshift camps with the onset of the six-month-long rainy season due to begin in April.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/10/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Central African Republic, aid, Muslims, refugees


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Amos added that With 650,000 people already displaced by the religious conflict, the U.N has received far less than a fifth of the $551 million it asked for in December to provide food, medical care and shelter.

"The demography of CAR is changing, from a situation where you had 130,000 to 145,000 Muslims in Bangui, to where you had around 10,000 in December," Amos told a news conference. "That number we think has now gone down to 900. So we have to act very rapidly."

Saint Patrick's Day is coming -- go here --

The Security Council last week discussed a proposal for a nearly 12,000-strong peacekeeping force to stop the killing -- but has reached no decision. The United States and Britain are concerned by the cost of a large force, while France is expected to submit a draft resolution in the coming weeks.

France has deployed 2,000 troops to support a 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission in the country of 4.5 million people that has failed to contain the fighting.

"More troops are needed now to restore security and stabilize the country," Amos warned. The deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force would take at least six months.

Most of the Muslims, estimated to be 290,000 strong, have fled across the border into neighboring countries. In the west of the Central African Republic, many towns have lost their entire Muslim populations following a mass exodus.

Tens of thousands have been killed since the Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim northern rebels, seized power a year ago, according to Human Rights Watch. Many of its fighters embarked on a 10-month campaign of looting, torture and murder.

Christian "anti-Balaka" militias have stepped up reprisals against Muslims, with the departure of Seleka leader and interim president Michel Djotodia in January.

"We have made suggestions, for example that we should be perhaps targeting three or four cities to try to stabilize those cities, to try to make sure that they retain a mixed population," Amos told a news conference in Geneva.

Aid workers fear malaria and dysentery in makeshift camps with the onset of the six-month-long rainy season due to begin in April. The sprawling settlement of cardboard shacks and tarpaulins beside Bangui airport, home to around 70,000 people, is just one example of the dire situation many face.

Efforts to bring humanitarian supplies to a desperate population are being complicated by attacks on aid distribution sites by armed groups as well as robberies and looting, Doctors Without Frontiers says.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted.
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.


Comments


More Africa

1,000 Christians flee for their lives - 'We became like refugees' Watch

Image of Egypt's Christians are running for their lives.

The Egyptian government was forced to step in to help displaced Christians fleeing threats of violence and death. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


South Sudan has fertile land - So why are 5.5 MILLION PEOPLE starving? Watch

Image of South Sudan is starving (AFP).

South Sudan has made headlines recently as a famine was officially declared and images of starving children pop up everywhere - but why is ... continue reading


DR Congo targets churches - Convents close and religious are killed Watch

Image of Why is the Church the target of violence?

In the wake of an attack on a Catholic seminary, the leader of the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has issued an appeal ... continue reading


Terrorists close in on Egypt's Coptic Christian minority Watch

Image of Coptic Christians have been under attack for years.

True to their word, ISIS targeted Christians in Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Coptic Christians compose a mere 10 percent of ... continue reading


'God gave orders to kill every infidel' - ISIS reveals their favorite targets in sick new propaganda film Watch

Image of ISIS targets Egypt.

In an ISIS propaganda video released Monday, the suicide bomber responsible for the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral <a ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.