In tragic twist, Anti-Balaka Christian terror groups attack African Muslims

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Refugees of the fighting in the Central African Republic observe Rwandan soldiers being dropped off at Bangui M'Poko International Airport in the Central African Republic Jan. 19, 2014. U.S. forces were dispatched to provide airlift assistance to multinational troops in support of an African Union effort to quell violence in the Central African Republic. Source: DefenseImagery.mil
Refugees of the fighting in the Central African Republic observe Rwandan soldiers being dropped off at Bangui M'Poko International Airport in the Central African Republic Jan. 19, 2014. U.S. forces were dispatched to provide airlift assistance to multinational troops in support of an African Union effort to quell violence in the Central African Republic. Source: DefenseImagery.mil

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2014 – In what Amnesty International is calling “ethnic cleansing,” Christian terror groups called the anti-balaka are targeting and attacking Muslims in the country of the Central African Republic. The terror groups also attacked a Muslim refugee camp established to house innocents fleeing from the violence.

Last week, The Guardian reported “Thousands of Muslims tried to flee the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday, only for their mass convoy of cars and trucks to be turned back as crowds of angry Christians taunted: ‘We’re going to kill you all.’”

Time Magazine says:

“An Amnesty International report on Feb. 12 said attacks on Muslims in January by anti-balaka militias, made up of Christians and animists, had amounted to ‘ethnic cleansing.’ Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, has already opened a preliminary investigation into crimes against humanity, saying some ‘victims appeared to have been deliberately targeted on religious grounds.’ A top U.N. official issued similar warnings during a recent visit to the ravaged capital, Bangui, telling reporters: ‘There is an ethnic-religious cleansing taking place. It must be stopped.’”

Of course, many Christians have taken offense to the Anti-Balaka groups adopting the name of their religion to wage violence. The Washington Post reports that Roman Catholic “Churches in Central African Republic are caring for thousands of Muslims.” These groups have even gone to the extent of housing Muslim within churches to protect them from the growing cycle of violence. The churches are providing shelter, food, water and medicine.


The conflict began last year, when the extremist Seleka Muslim rebels seized power over the government and targeted Christian groups. The Anti-Balaka terror groups, comprising mostly of Christians, organized as a response to the Selekan Muslim rebels, and have expanded attacks to civilians.

The United Nations has confirmed that the Anti-Balaka are targeting ethnic Muslim neighborhoods, causing more than 10,000 civilians to flee.

Thousands of peacekeepers have been deployed by the United Nations and several European countries, yet experts do not see an end to the conflict.

Despite the peacekeepers already deployed, local media in the Central African Republic, Branden Herald reports “The U.N. humanitarian chief on Thursday said that more troops are needed on the ground in volatile Central African Republic, where Muslims have been slain in the streets of the capital despite the presence of thousands of French and African peacekeepers.”

The aptly named country is located directly in the center of Africa, and is landlocked by bordering countries Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, and Cameron.

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  • lonborghini

    No twist here. In desperate situations it is the nature of religion to turn the devout to violence in the name of their tribal gods. Religion is religion. Religion poisons everything.

    • Liz Dingeldei

      It isn’t the religion it is the misinterpretation of it by humans.

      • lonbo

        LOL! How do you know that? Religion, along with the gods, is a human invention.

        • Open mind

          No religion is not a human invention. All religion stems from prophet Adam, after thousands of years, different parts of the world became sects, we may refer to our one God in different ways, but at the end they all mean God.
          I mean if there is no God, what is going to happen to you and me when we die?

          Are we simply born to read some books, have some fun, go to the pub, watch tv, invent a few things, and then die? Think hard, look at yourself in the mirror, we are all in this body, that we cannot escape, but only through death. That to me is something fascinating, sadly we humans take things for granted.

          Peace and love

          • fatima

            we wanna believe in god, because we cant answer those questions and are scared of whats gonna come. Its like someone telling “its gonna be alright” when you both know that its not gonna be. Fooling ourselves is relieving.

          • skilledworker

            nobody is getting out of here alive, that is for sure.

          • lonbo

            Yes, life is a magnificent and meaningless accident. Make the best of it.

    • Stop acting like Religion is the source of all our problems. Instead of pointing blame at the knife, point the blame at the sick people using them for their twisted purposes.

  • Saros7

    No twist here. In desperate situations it is the nature of religion to turn the devout to violence in the name of their tribal gods. Religion is religion. Religion poisons everything.

    • lonbo

      Yeah, I like it better when you write it. Excellent.

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  • Charles Martel

    Tragic twist ???… seems the author wanted christians to die tragically …

  • Charles Martel

    Seems the author,a muslim wanted the christians to be killed,raped and annihilated by muslim fanatics…when christians fight back muslim terrorists ,defending their own life
    ..its a tragic twist !!!

  • Andrea

    Jesus did not come to found a religion… he is not a denomination or a doctrine, He is your Creator. For those that know Him we belong to an invisible church (group of believers) who follow Him and know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Christianity has historically been a huge benefit to all the societies it has touched. Not specific churches but those who are following Christ have begun charities, built schools, orphanages, fought slavery, founded so many programs to help people. Changed gov’t to be responsive to the needs of peoples and been tolerant of other beliefs. The Lord never dominates people, when you see that, it is not Christ’s teachings.
    These murders are not Christian acts, they are of Satan… it is one thing to protect your family it is another to commit genocide if you cannot see that it is bc you are the one who is intolerant.
    God help us all to know the difference.

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