Christian militia attack Muslim youth in Central African Republic

2015-08-23 10:42:30 | Al Muslim News
Christian militia attack Muslim youth in Central African Republic
The UN has warned that the Sectarian clashes could descend into genocide.


In a fresh wave of sectarian bloodletting in the Central African Republic (CAR), at least ten people were killed on Friday in fighting between Christians and Muslims in the country’s east-central region, local sources have told Anadolu Agency.

Violence first erupted on Thursday in the town of Bambari on the Ouaka River after a young Muslim man was reportedly beaten to death by members of the predominantly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
In retaliation for the young man’s death, Muslim residents reportedly attacked local Christians, according to a local humanitarian official who insisted on anonymity due to fears for his safety.

By Friday, at least ten people had been reported killed and several others injured in full-blown sectarian clashes.

On the same day, residents of Bambari took to the streets to protest the violence, some of whom criticized apparent inaction on the part of UN peacekeepers deployed in the troubled Central African nation.
 “Young people were slaughtered while MINUSCA troops just looked on,” said one town resident, referring to the UN Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, or MINUSCA.

A local Muslim organization, meanwhile, complained it was unable to rein in the more militant elements of the community.

“They are young and we can’t control them,” Oumar Tidjiani, a legal adviser for the Association of Muslim Youth, a local NGO, said, in reference to some local Muslims who had engaged in the violence.

“We’re an Islamic community,” he added. “Our role should be to ensure peace.”

CAR descended into anarchy in 2013, when Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels then installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as interim president.

Djotodia stepped down in early 2014 to be replaced by Catherine Samba-Panza – a Christian – amid a wave of sectarian violence between members of the two communities.

In May of this year, following months of tit-for-tat violence between the Christian anti-Balaka militia and Seleka Muslim fighters in which hundreds were killed, both groups agreed to lay down their arms.

The following month, Samba-Panza approved legislation establishing a special court tasked with looking into crimes committed during the sectarian conflict. 

Due to the country’s ongoing crisis, presidential elections in CAR – originally slated for 2014 – have been postponed three times. They are currently scheduled to be held in October.

MINUSCA was established by the UN Security Council in April of last year. The chief elements of its mandate include protecting civilians, supporting a political transition process, facilitating delivery of humanitarian aid and promoting human rights.



Tags: #Anti-Muslim #Genocide-of-Muslims #

Latest News

What to Next

Minibus blast in Kabul kills 14, wounds eight

KABUL: An explosion hit a minibus in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, killing and wounding at least 14 people, a government official said s... More

Saudi king announces bridge over sea between Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Saudi King Salman on Friday announced plans to build a bridge over the Red Sea to Egypt, in a lavish show of support for the government of President A... More

Saudi King to provide immediate aid to Anbar province iraq

On Wednesday the Saudi Ambassador to Iraq Thamer al-Sabhan revealed, that the Saudi King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz issued a decree to provide immediate ai... More

Ugandan Muslims broadcast first Islamic television channel

Muslims in Uganda have launched the country's first-ever Islamic television channel, with the hope that it will ignite a revival of their faith su... More

Christian militia attack Muslim youth in Central African Republic

In a fresh wave of sectarian bloodletting in the Central African Republic (CAR), at least ten people were killed on Friday in fighting between Christi... More

Israel is abnormal state: Arab League official

The Arab League’s assistant secretary-general for Palestinian affairs, Mohamed Sobeih, has branded Israel as an “abnormal” state, sa... More

Last minute Funding for U.N aid agency averts Palestinian school closures

Last-minute funding of $70 million helped avert the closures of schools attended by half a million students, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees ... More

Masked men attack Turkish Muslim community mosque in US

Masked men attacked a mosque in Massachusetts Wednesday that left several windows broken, an official and a community leader said. The attack on th... More

Muslim civil rights group to launch online hate-crime register

A Muslim national civil rights organization is launching an online map to track anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes in real-time in an effort to rai... More

French mosque target of fire attack

The French Mosques Union (UMF) said that a mosque located in the city of Carpentras in southern France was set on fire on Sunday, triggering a state o... More