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1,000 Muslims Reported Trapped in CAR Town

People displaced by the recent unrest, wait to collect food distributed by aid agencies at an IDP camp at the Mpoko International Airport of Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb. 12, 2014.
People displaced by the recent unrest, wait to collect food distributed by aid agencies at an IDP camp at the Mpoko International Airport of Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb. 12, 2014.
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A medical aid group says nearly 1,000 people, most of them Muslim, are trapped and being threatened by militiamen in the western Central African Republic.

Doctors Without Borders says "anti-Balaka" militias recently seized control of Carnot, a town of about 45,000, and are searching for Muslim civilians who are either in hiding or have taken refuge at protected sites.

The group, known by its French acronym MSF, says anti-Balaka forces executed seven Muslim men at a house in Carnot last week and have tried on several occasions to attack patients or displaced people at the town's hospital.

FILE - fighters from a Christian militia movement known as the "anti-balaka" display their makeshift weaponry in the village of Boubou, between the towns of Bossangoa and Bouca, Central African Republic.
It says anti-Balaka forces also seized a landing strip last Thursday as MSF tried to fly several wounded patients to Bangui for treatment.

Human rights groups have warned that the Christian and animist anti-Balaka groups are attempting to chase Muslims out of their communities in a form of "ethnic cleansing."

On a visit to Bangui Tuesday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said the C.A.R. needs the same attention being given to Syria and South Sudan.

The country descended into chaos after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the president last March and went on a nationwide rampage of killing and looting.  The anti-Balaka groups that sprung up have gone on the offensive, forcing Seleka to retreat.

Thousands of Central Africans are fleeing the country each day.  The U.N. refugee agency said last week that recent arrivals in Cameroon spoke of "intense fighting" in Carnot and other western C.A.R. towns.

MSF has been active in Carnot since 2010.  It says that since January 21, it has treated 69 wounded people in Carnot and recorded 18 deaths.

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by: Igit from: Indonesia
February 14, 2014 10:54 AM
i think if we tolerance, i wouldn't be happened. it's not bout which the stronger, it's bout peace.


by: ali baba from: new york
February 14, 2014 4:58 AM
In reply to Mr. .Okpara. Christianity is not a weak. the difference that Christianity does not believe in violence as a means to survive but Islam does. the whole world understand that fact expect the politician in western nation. still the politician in United State believe that Islam a peaceful religion and forget world trade center tragedy that 3000 had been slaughtered by those Muslim psychopath . the time is near when the whole world understand the fact that Islam is a violent religion


by: Caliboi Okpara from: Abuja Nigeria
February 14, 2014 3:38 AM
That is good for muslim they think that christians are weak. One day christians will chase them out of Nigeria.


by: ali baba from: new york
February 13, 2014 6:04 PM
The fact that rich oil Arab country are paid for Muslim extremist in Africa. This policy has created haltered because Muslim extremist on the rise . In Nigeria, a Buko Haram had burned churches , and .killing innocents people in Nigeria. They did it Mali . now ,it is central Africa , it is the country that it is not the interest of western nation because they do not have oil. nor diamond .. the [people of Central Africa are fed up from these fanatic and violence started . Now Muslim are crying , but they are the one who initiated the violence

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