Christian Militias Slaughter At Least 30 Civilians In Central African Republic

Civilians are trying to escape ongoing attacks committed by Christian militias that killed at least 30 civilians over the weekend, according to U.N. officials.
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    Anti-Balaka Christian militiamen stand in the Combatant district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014.

    Anti-Balaka Christian militiamen stand in the Combatant district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014.

    Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic (CAR)’s border town of Bangassou, Reuters reports.

    What may be surprising to the American public is that these civilians are trying to escape ongoing attacks committed by Christian militias that killed at least 30 civilians over the weekend, according to U.N. officials and aid workers.

    According to Reuters, the weekend attacks in Bangassou, located on the Congolese border, have involved hundreds of fighters with heavy weaponry. The fighting is aimed at the Muslim populations and signals that the conflict currently besieging the country is worsening.

    “The situation is extremely deplorable and we are doing everything to rapidly retake control of Bangassou,” MINUSCA (the U.N. mission) chief Parfait Onanga-Anyanga told Reuters in an interview.



    According to Onanga-Anyanga, many of the fighters are child soldiers who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

    The head of the Red Cross in CAR, Antoine Mbao-Bogo, said his staff has counted 115 bodies in Bangassou following the latest fighting.

    While these developments may be unheard of in the eyes and ears of much of the American public, the truth is that this conflict has been raging for some time now. According to the Guardian, thousands of Muslims have been killed or displaced in the conflict. For example, the city of Bangui previously had approximately 130,000 Muslim residents; the number of Muslims is now likely less than 1,000.

    According to Reuters, the U.N. base in Bangassou has also been targeted.

    CAR has been besieged by this violence since 2013, when mostly Muslim Seleka fighters ousted then-President Francois Bozize. Amnesty International has referred to the developments in the country as “ethnic cleansing” since the fighting erupted.

    As this conflict rages on, however, don’t expect the corporate media to pay too much attention to it anytime soon — it doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative that only majority Muslim countries deploy groups of extremists that terrorize civilians.

    In 2015, the U.N. Development Index rated CAR as having the lowest level of human development. It was ranked dead last. The country is the world’s 12th largest producer of diamonds and is home to a secretive, bloody gold trade and also harbors mineral, uranium, and oil reserves.

    Liberation might be just around the corner, though the country’s majority Christian population might exclude it from the U.S. military’s ‘War on Terror’ narrative.


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    • BooBooBaby

      Oh wow! Christians are sticking up for themselves! God bless them! Finally!

    • BooBooBaby

      The UN needs to worry about the killing and torturing of the White people down in South Africa!
      When will they pull their heads out and do something!?

    • Keen

      MintPress forgot to mention that those poor muslim civilians are muslim Seleka groups committing genocide on local population.
      After Seleka overthrew Christian government and spread violence across the country, Christians created militia to defend themselves.

      • Валентин Адамович

        Yeah sure, when it comes from the Christians it’s always just “self-defense”, same for Israel bombing tf out of Palestinians, it’s “self defense”.

        • Keen

          It’s definitely in this case, tovarisch.

          • Валентин Адамович

            Smh

        • BooBooBaby

          You obviously have No Clue what’s going on in the World today!

          Muslims have been terrorizing everyone around the World….God forbid Christians and Jews actually defend themselves!

          Ya….SMDH…at YOU! Pffftt!

          • Валентин Адамович

            Yes it’s the very very bad & powerful Muslims that terrorize the world !
            Shut up and quit your manichean view of the world. It’s Jews who used chemical weapons on palestinians (christians and muslims), christians who are bombing Syrian civilians (Muslims) and not Muslims who started 2 world wars.
            I can’t believe I have to educate you on that.

      • Paterne Mombe

        Right. What we need is Zero armed groups in CAR.

    • James Wherry

      How funny: meant press news would have a melt down, if anyone complained about “Muslim” militias.