News / Africa

    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.
    VOA News
    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.

    You May Like

    Former US Envoys Urge Obama to Delay Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

    Keeping troop levels up during conflict with both Taliban and Islamic State is necessary to support Kabul government, they say

    First Lady to Visit Africa to Promote Girls' Education

    Michele Obama will be joined by daughters and actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto

    Video NYSE Analyst: Brexit Will Continue to Place Pressure on Markets

    Despite orderly pricing and execution strategy at the New York Stock Exchange, analyst explains added pressure on world financial markets is likely

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    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

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Uncharted Territoryi
    X
    June 24, 2016 9:38 PM
    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
    Video

    Video Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Uncharted Territory

    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
    Video

    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.
    Video

    Video Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutions

    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
    Video

    Video 'American Troops' in Russia Despite Tensions

    Historic battle re-enactment is a niche hobby with a fair number of adherents in Russia where past military victories are played-up by the Kremlin as a show of national strength. But, one group of World War II re-enactors in Moscow has the rare distinction of choosing to play western ally troops. VOA's Daniel Schearf explains.
    Video

    Video Experts: Very Few Killed in US Gun Violence Are Victims of Mass Shootings

    The deadly shooting at a Florida nightclub has reignited the debate in the U.S. over gun control. Although Congress doesn't provide government health agencies funds to study gun violence, public health experts say private research has helped them learn some things about the issue. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
    Video

    Video Trump Unleashes Broadside Against Clinton to Try to Ease GOP Doubts

    Recent public opinion polls show Republican Donald Trump slipping behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election matchup for November. Trump trails her both in fundraising and campaign organization, but he's intensifying his attacks on the former secretary of state. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.
    Video

    Video Muslim American Mayor Calls for Tolerance

    Syrian-born Mohamed Khairullah describes himself as "an American mayor who happens to be Muslim." As the three-term mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, he believes his town of 6,000 is an example of how ethnicity and religious beliefs should not determine a community's leadership. Ramon Taylor has this report from Prospect Park.
    Video

    Video Internal Rifts Over Syria Policy Could Be Headache for Next US President

    With the Obama administration showing little outward enthusiasm for adopting a more robust Syria policy, there is a strong likelihood that the internal discontent expressed by State Department employees will roll over to the next administration. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
    Video

    Video Senegal to Park Colorful ‘Cars Rapide’ Permanently

    Brightly painted cars rapide are a hallmark of Dakar, offering residents a cheap way to get around the capital city since 1976. But the privately owned minibuses are scheduled to be parked for good in late 2018, as Ricci Shryock reports for VOA.
    Video

    Video Florida Gets $1 Million in Emergency Government Funding for Orlando

    The U.S. government has granted $1 million in emergency funding to the state of Florida to cover the costs linked to the June 12 massacre in Orlando. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the grant Tuesday in Orlando, where she met with survivors of the shooting attack that killed 49 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video How to Print Impossible Shapes with Metal

    3-D printing with metals is rapidly becoming more advanced. As printers become more affordable, the industry is partnering with universities to refine processes for manufacturing previously impossible things. A new 3-D printing lab aims to bring the new technology closer to everyday use. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Big Somali Community in Minnesota Observes Muslim Religious Feast

    Ramadan is widely observed in the north central US state of Minnesota, which a large Muslim community calls home. VOA Somali service reporter Mohmud Masadde files this report from Minneapolis, the state's biggest city.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora