- Sep 21, 2020
As a political solution to the Central African crisis continues to seem further out of reach, one Catholic charity is suggesting a unique solution: The Bible.
Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga is calling for justice after one of his priests was murdered on Tuesday in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
Christophe Droeven, the Catholic Relief Services country representative for CAR, told Crux that although the situation is improving in the capital Bangui, the violence is getting worse in the rest of the country.
The Catholic bishop of a mid-sized town in the Central African Republic who’s sheltering roughly 2,000 Muslims at his seminary seeking safety from attacks by largely Christian militias says they can’t even set foot off seminary grounds to seek basic goods for their families such as firewood, medicine, food and water without fear of death.
Spanish missionary Bishop Juan José Aguirre, who heads the Bangassou diocese in the Central African Republic, sent a message to his brother in Spain saying that Muslim militias killed 50 people on Tuesday, and that he fears for what might be the fallout in his diocese, where he’s keeping 2,100 Muslims safe from the Christian militias who want to kill them. Pope Francis prayed about the country during Wednesday’s general audience.
Two thousand Muslims have taken refuge in the cathedral of Bangassou, guarded by UN peacekeepers. The rising violence between the Anti-Balakas (composed of mostly Christians and animists), and the predominantly-Muslim Séléka rebels dates to 2013.