Xtian Militia Destroys All Mosques In The Central African Republic
It has emerged that a Christian militia in the Central African Republic (CAR) has destroyed almost all mosques in the country.
The militia known as anti-balaka has been engaged in the persecution of Muslims after a Muslim leader deposed the country’s previous Christian President in 2013.
Michel Djotodia (Muslim) overthrew Francis Bozize (Christian) in a bloody coup in December 2013, sparking religious sectarian violence across the country.
The United States ambassador to the United Nations- Samantha Power said 417 out of the 436 mosques in the CAR have been destroyed by the Christian militia.
The few remaining mosques are said to be under siege by the militia and independent observers say that all Muslims have been completely wiped out of the country.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in the country since the violence began. The African Union has been unable to deal with the problem.
Nearly one million of the country’s 4.5 million residents have been displaced. Many of those who have fled are Muslim.
Power said 417 of the country’s mosques have been destroyed, expressing serious concern about the upcoming possible security vacuum that will be created as the European Union and French forces withdraw from the country. European Union and French troops have been helping to restore law and order since last year.
She visited the one remaining Muslim neighborhood in the capital, Bangui, and described the residents as “a terrified population”. It is said that some of the pregnant Muslim women are so afraid of leaving the community while wearing their veils, that they are choosing to give birth in their homes instead of going to hospitals.
The militia attacks anybody they see dressed in Muslim attire. The French and EU forces have tried very hard to disarm the militia, but these efforts have failed to yield any meaningful results.
There are about 750 EU and French troops left in the country and it is expected that these troops will soon be pulled out, leaving the country to its fate as the violence continues to spread.
The United Nations has said that it will deploy about 12,000 troops to take over from the departing troops; however these statements have yet to
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