Religious violence in the Central African Republic has spread like wildfire. The Christian militants seem to be going completely berserk in their murderous orgy.
Central African Republic (CAR) has a population approximately of 5 million - 80% Christians and 15% Muslims.
Seleka rebels, a coalition of several groups, mostly Muslims, toppled the government of president Francois Bozize by end 2012 citing economic and political grievances, not religious ideology. Michel Djotodia became the first Muslim president of CAR. By summer of 2013 the situation again got tense. In September 2013 fighting broke out between the Seleka rebels associated with the government and the radical Christian anti-balaka coalition. In January 2014 President Michel Djotodia resigned and was succeeded by Catherine Samba Panza who was formerly the mayor of Bangui and the first female president of the country. However, the fighting still continues and has turned into a fully religious war with Christians hunting down and killing Muslims.
Thousands of Muslims have fled for their lives to neighboring countries as the Christian terrorists and their supporters have stepped up brutal attacks since the last few months. The entire Muslim district at Bangui looks like a ghost town. It's completely empty. The scenes have been awfully gruesome. Muslims have been killed by armed and violent mobs almost every day. Their bodies have been brutally mutilated and dragged through the streets of Bangui in front of peacekeepers. Reportedly they are also tracking down and slaughtering those they suspect of supporting the former Muslim government.
The political violence that turned into religious violence is now slipping into general chaos and lawlessness with armed robberies on the rise.
Fleeing of all Muslim traders and cattle-herders have resulted in severe shortages of food and items of daily use in the markets of CAR. Prices have skyrocketed. Aid agencies have said that famine and economic collapse seem eminent in the near future.
Reported by 'Doctors Without Borders' - "Armed men have announced that they intend to track down and kill all the city's Muslims. Anyone who hides Muslims is also at risk."
Recent warnings by a senior UN official and Amnesty International have stated that the intense violence in CAR against Muslims amounts to "ethnic cleansing."
A few days ago the UN refugee agency described the situation as "a humanitarian catastrophe of unspeakable proportions".
The head of the French mission at CAR has officially called the Christian militamen "enemies of peace." The French presently have 2,000 troops deployed in CAR.
International peacekeeping troops including the French are trying hard to disarm the Christian terrorists but until now they haven't been successful.
NY Daily News writes: "As thousands flee amid looting and murder, the new and first female president of the Central African Republic vowed to hunt down bloodthirsty gangs of Christians who have been lynching and beating to death terrified Muslims."