- Feb 25, 2020
In the context of the Central African Republic’s extreme poverty, Chilean missionary Father Yovane Cox has managed to build a school for 300 children and hopes to build another with the capacity for 400 students. The persecution Christians in the Central African Republic are facing is coming from a mostly Muslim group “which is being politically manipulated,” Cox said.
An archbishop in Uganda says the government should help neighboring countries in their fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan militia accused of war crimes. The LRA was pushed out of Uganda a decade ago, but continues to cause havoc in Congo and the Central African Republic.
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.
Aid organizations have reported worsening violence throughout 2017 in the Central African Republic, one of the world’s poorest countries. Violence is mainly between armed remnants of Seleka, a Muslim-dominated rebel movement that briefly seized power in 2013, and a mainly Christian militia, Anti-Balaka.
Speaking exclusively to Crux on a visit to neighboring Cameroon, Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, described the youth of his country as “a lost generation, because they are born into violence,” and also insisted that the root causes of the carnage are political rather than religious.
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.