Unruly CAR escalating to genocide

RELIGIOUS VIOLENCEFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE ungovernable Central African Republic (CAR) is moving towards another large-scale humanitarian crisis as confrontations take on religious and ethnic connotations.Humanitarian agencies said the development was alarming, as it was on this basis that the country plunged in December 2013 after a coup on President François Bozizé.It was followed by a displacement of more than 900 000 people, a multitude of deaths and thousands of people.Regional humanitarian coordinator, Najat Rochdi, said the religious manipulation of the conflict had seriously damaged the social fabric and created divisions some regions were beginning to overcome.“Today, this fragile process of reconciliation is threatened by the resurgence of religious violence.”Late May, six women and several children were brutally murdered by gunmen because of their religious affiliation in Bria and Bangassou. In the localities of Alindao, Bangassou, Mobaye, Zémio, Zangba and Bria in particular, ethnicism is gaining ground again.For the first time since August 2014, the number of internally displaced persons has exceeded 500 000. Some 2,2 million, or half the country’s population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. In several areas, entire villages have been emptied after being burned or occupied by armed men.Thousands of children are enrolled in armed groups.“All indicators are red,” Rochdi stated.

– CAJ News

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