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Two weeks ago the killing of one Christian made headline news on the front page of US newspapers but there was scant mention of this horror.:

70 Muslims killed in Central African Republic town

CARNOT, Central African Republic (AP) — Christian militiamen killed at least 70 people in the remote southwest of Central African Republic, at one point ordering a group of Muslims to lie on the ground and shooting them one by one, witnesses said Monday.

The militiamen, known as the anti-Balaka, slaughtered the Muslims in the village of Guen earlier this month, a Catholic priest, the Rev. Rigobert Dolongo, who helped bury the bodies, told The Associated Press. At least 27 people were slain in the first day of the attack, while 43 others were killed on the second day, he said.

Ibrahim Aboubakar, 22, said the anti-Balaka stormed Guen and killed his two older brothers after they were heard speaking in Arabic.

“Later that day they rounded up dozens of people and forced them all to lie down on their stomachs. Then they shot them one by one,” he said from the refuge of a Catholic church in Carnot, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away, where he is among 800 seeking shelter from attack.

At least two other families who survived the attack are here now, including Gisma Ahmed, who is now a widow at 18 with two young children. Sitting in the shade breastfeeding a 4-month-old while her 3-year-old daughter played nearby, she could only weep when asked about the killings. Relatives said that her husband was shot while trying to flee.

Hundreds of Muslims remain in Guen, hiding in the town’s Catholic church and also at the imam’s home.

Those Muslims still in Guen appealed by telephone for African peacekeepers in Carnot to rescue them, according to two Muslim residents who insisted on anonymity because they feared for their lives. They also confirmed that heavily armed anti-Balaka were still in control of the village Tuesday. The local commander for the peacekeeping mission said he needed permission from his supervisors in the capital, Bangui, to go to Guen.

Like much of the violence in Central African Republic, the true toll from the attack on Guen may never be known. Most survivors fled deep into the rural bush, hiking to safety in towns further west.

News of the massacre came nearly three months after Central African Republic’s political crisis erupted into violence between the country’s Christian and Muslim communities, leaving more than 1,000 dead in Bangui alone in a matter of days. Many hoped the crisis would stabilize after the Muslim rebel president agreed to step down and go into exile, clearing the way for elections by early next year.

However, both Muslim rebels and the Christian fighters are implicated in a growing number of attacks fanning out far from the capital all the way to the country’s southwest near the border with Cameroon. Human rights groups have documented hundreds of deaths since early January, when the Muslim rebel government crumbled and Christian fighters sought to avenge the regime’s abuses. Tens of thousands have fled for their lives to neighboring countries, leaving some towns in Central African Republic without any Muslim residents. Before the outbreak of violence Muslim’s made up about 15 percent of the country’s 4.6 million people.

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  • The greenmantle

    The French still regard this area as their playground
    Sir David

  • Guess

    Of course it is, and we all know it. But they and their mouth piece outlets are using this framework, posing as saviors as if their long footprint in the continent can easily be forgotten. I am of African decent, from a former french colony, and soon as I see neo colonial soldiers pretending to mediate in between savagely screaming Africans (a never ending, painful familiar picture) I want to throw something due to rage. Our grand parents went through this, our parents went through this, now the imperialists are preparing the next generation for the same crap.

  • Guess

    Ilisha, if I could give a small, humble advice for your upcoming article about this. Try to avoid referencing (as much as possible) those that frames this conflict as a Christian & Muslim conflict. This is what the divide and conquer strategy thrives upon. Surprising though how a political conflict ended up degenerating into an all out religious sectarian violence, hummm.

  • Hussein

    I just returned from Cameroon, a neighbor to CAR and hears all what happened. There are also a large number of CAR refugees in Cameroon who related what happened.

  • Hussein

    The muslims in CAR supported the Seleka rebels because they protected them. Then christians saw them as one.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Well, you have your heart in the right spot, and you never say anything more than you have to.
    I trust you have enough common sense. You’ll do all right.

  • Laila Muhammad

    never again….only applies to jews and whites

  • Tanveer Khan

    Haha. Thank you Friend but really, you give me more credit than I’m due XD It’s going to make me big headed sooner or later. But thank you for the kind words. I really do appreciate it. 🙂

  • Friend of Bosnia

    But of course he does. Genocidal islamophobes always say that tsame tripe.
    That other anti-Muslim fiend suggested that it’s all right for Buddhists in Burma to rape a Muslim girl over the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan; there is another who said that the anti-Bosniak genocidal crusade was “karma for the Armenian Genocide”; many others say that Bosniaks have to pay for what the Turks did to Serbs 400 years ago, they are all the same, and what’s worst, they believe their own diatribe.
    Denying reciprocity to the others is their trademark too.
    They are just genocidal scum.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Tanveer, you’re so clever. Keep it up. You’ll get very, very far. If only there were more like you around.

  • Muhammad

    The Seleka muslim rebels started the looting, rape and massacre of non muslims. The innocent muslims in CAR would have denounced the act by the Seleka, but they were silent about it, then later on the Christians saw them as accomplices because the Seleka rebels didn,t touch the muslim population in their rampage. So they have left and the innocent muslims are paying the price. Its a lession to all of us. Don,t be silent, speak up and denounce any act in the name of your religion.

  • Talking_fish_head

    Using his so called “Logic”, if a Christian blows up an abortion in the US, then Egyptian Christians must also be punished because they share the same religion as the bomber.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Probably because it wasn’t Muslims doing the killing in this instance.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Pacifism is overrated.

  • John Magne Trane

    Good thing no muslim ever did anything to the Christians in CAR. So every muslim can hold his head high, proclaiming Islam it truly a peaceful religion, just as their founder, the pacifist Muhammed was.

  • JD

    slaughtering school students story was front page on Yahoo I didn’t see anything about this on Yahoo Cnn or Fox

  • mindy1

    This is too sad :'(

  • Tanveer Khan

    Saw this in the newspaper today. It was only devoted a few lines on an article about Buffoons should be haram slaughtering school students (which also got hardly any coverage)

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