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Egypt’s Episcopal Church calls for an end to violence in the CAR

Bishop Mouneer condemns the massacre of Muslims by Christian forces

Muslims flee the town of Bangui aided by Chadian Special Forces on 7 February  (Photo by Marcus Bleasdale/VII /Courtesy of  Human Rights Watch)
Muslims flee the town of Bangui aided by Chadian Special Forces on 7 February
(Photo by Marcus Bleasdale/VII /Courtesy of Human Rights Watch)

The Episcopal Church in Egypt has joined the growing number of groups who have condemned Christian attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR).

In a Tuesday statement, The Reverend Mouneer Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal and Anglican Diocese of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and the President Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, said he hoped the international community would respond to “stop this humanitarian disaster”.

Recent infighting in the CAR began in April 2013 when Muslim forces, called “Selekas”, deposed François Bozizé from the presidency.  According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Selekas were responsible for “massive” humanitarian abuses after their ascension to power, including “massacres, rapes, executions, torture and the burning of hundreds of villages.”  Subsequently, nearly 20% of CAR residents were forced to flee their homes and relocate to refugee camps.

HRW reported that the Christian “anti-balakas joined with the remaining Bozizé loyalists  in the CAR and began to fight back in September, intensifying attacks on Muslims in the last two months with their own series of bloody massacres. The anti-balakas have looted and burned Muslim homes, and displaced groups not aligned to either side.  As the country slips deeper into chaos, many Muslims have fled to the northwest of the CAR and to neighbouring countries, fearing further violence.

“Such attacks contradict with the teaching of Jesus Christ, who calls us to love, especially to love neighbours, regardless of their beliefs,” said Mouneer.

In late December, the United Nations deployed over 1,000 peacekeeping troops to curb violence and promote disarmament.

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the CAR has sparked a plethora of international responses, with the United States, European Union and the United Nations all offering strong condemnations.

On 23 December, Al-Azhar issued a statement that condemned the violence, and “appealed to the Central African Republic government to shoulder its responsibility towards Muslim and non-Muslim citizens as well as take all necessary measures to protect them against extremists”.

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  • Richard Barnes

    This all has the look and feel that things are coming to a head. We have Syria still armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction and Iran still pushing forward with nuclear ambitions. We have Christians murdered and churches burned in various places around the world and Jews told that they must give up more of the land that God has given to them forever. We have western powers propping up a fake Palestinian national identity and punishing all those who call them out on this fraud! Right now Israel is being boycotted by those in the west for this very reason. On top of all of this we see that everyone is calling for less pollution in a vain hope that it will help with climate change but this climate change is not going away. These are the end times and things are going to get much worse and the answer for people is not to buy up bomb shelters and dried food, but to turn away from their Godless ways and to accept God’s forgiveness of sin in Jesus Christ. In July of 2012 I wrote a small booklet that talks about some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  • Al Masry

    there are more people suffered and died because of religion than epidemic and poverty. Amendment#11: When religion become evil do NOT follow it.

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