- Sep 18, 2020
A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic accused U.N. peacekeeping troops of sexual abuse in his diocese and warned they could be guilty of crimes against humanity.
The U.N. peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, known as MINUSCA, has sent a letter to U.N. contractors demanding that they take concrete steps to prevent future unauthorized transport of Muslim civilians out of Bangassou. Thousands of Muslims are being sheltered at the Catholic cathedral in the city to protect them from attacks from a nominally Christian militia in the area.
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.
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.