CAR militia fighters reject government request

According to a United Nations News Agency – IRIN – Anti-balaka militia fighters at the diamond mining town of Boda in the Central African Republic (CAR) have rejected a government-sponsored attempt to allow a Muslim community of about 12,000 people to stay there.

A spokesman for an anti-balaka militia group in the town of Boda told IRIN on 19 March that it could not accept the Muslims’ continued presence in the town.

“We don’t want the Muslims to stay here,” he said. “They have burned our houses and killed our relatives. We don’t want them in the CAR or in Boda.”

The Society of African Missions have been present in CAR for many decades. Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia SMA is caring for thousands of IDP’s in his minor seminary in Bossangoa. With the assistance of Misean Cara he is providing 100 tricycles for physically-challenged IDPs who fled their villages and now have no means to get about. With a €15,000 grant from Misean Cara’s Emergency Fund he is having tricycles made in Bangui and transported to Bossangoa to help some of those in need.

Read the full IRIN report here.