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Christian Militias’ Avenge CAR Muslims

Published: 11/03/2014 04:51:03 PM GMT
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CAIRO – The scene of the blood soaked and mutilated bodies of Central African Republic Muslims became dominant in the streets of the capital, as the conflict deepens in the strife-torn country where complete districts were emptied from its Muslim residents. “They're not killing the Muslims, they're sweeping them,” Ibrahim Alawad, 55, a...(more)

CAIRO – The scene of the blood soaked and mutilated bodies of Central African Republic Muslims became dominant in the streets of the capital, as the conflict deepens in the strife-torn country where complete districts were emptied from its Muslim residents.

“They're not killing the Muslims, they're sweeping them,” Ibrahim Alawad, 55, a lawyer, was quoted by the Guardian on Monday, March 10.

“Imagine someone wants to kill you, roast you on the fire and eat you. It's the hell of the hell.

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“There are no living conditions here,” Alawad, added.

Witnessing daily atrocities against his Muslim community, Alawad and his family are taking refuge in PK12 district where makeshift camps shelter hundreds of fleeing Muslims.

The numbers of Muslims in PK12 had critically dropped from 25,000 to just 2,700 who are enduring deteriorating conditions.

The situation was not better in the business centre PK5 which has turned into “ghosts’ town” after its Muslim residents fled their homes to escape killing by Christian anti-balaka militias.

The city was formerly a Muslim-dominated trade centre. Now the Muslim population has shrunk from 7,000 to 1,000 only.

“It is happening every day,” said Abdouraman Saudi, 45, who has lost numerous businesses.

“If you're Muslim and you try to leave PK5, you're a dead man. It's a prison,” Saudi added.

Over the past weeks, anti-balaka Christian militias have raided Muslim homes killing children and women, looting and vandalizing properties.

Along with killing, kidnapping, torture and arbitrary arrest and detention, in the war-torn CAR, a UN investigation found evidences of sexual violence.

Earlier this month, a Muslim defense group has been formed to provide much needed protection to vulnerable Muslim population from killings, maiming and torture at the hands of Christian militias.

“For me, it's finished. From today, we will not be the victims because we will attack the Christians,” Saudi warned.

“We are going to defend ourselves. From today with the international community, we don't care.

“We are not protected by them so we will attack them also.” he added.

Targeting children

According to monitors and international organizations, Muslim children and women were deliberately targeted by the Christian militias in CAR.

“I saw mothers whose children had been killed or injured and they had hate in their heart,” Dr Jean Chrysostome Gody, director of the country's sole pediatric hospital, which is supported by Unicef, recalled.

“There were bullets in the heads and chests of children. It's not possible they were there by accident. It's as if people are trying to finish off another race.

“It's about extreme revenge and it's brutal,” Gody added.

With no mercy, the anti-balaka rebels have been undertaking reprisal attacks against the whole Muslim community, not only the seleka rebels.

Anti-balaka Christian militias were not the only threat facing CAR Muslims.

Deployed to cripple the ongoing fighting in CAR, the French peacekeeping forces have disarmed the ex-Seleka rebels, allowing Christian militias to retaliate from the disarmed Muslim community.

“Our problem is the French,” Alawad, the lawyer, said.

“They are the white anti-balaka. It's like Rwanda, they want to do it again, but we won't let them,” he added.

CAR, a mineral-rich, landlocked country, descended into anarchy in March of last year when Seleka rebels ousted François Bozize, a Christian, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.

On Friday, a top UN official for refugees warned that entire Muslim populations from western parts of Central African Republic have been cleansed by Christian militias, appealing to the UN Security Council to stop the deadly conflict.

More than 650,000 people had internally displaced in CAR due to the conflict, over 232,000 in the capital Bangui alone, according to the UN humanitarian chief.

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