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Aljazeera: Muslims return to CAR to find their homes are gone

There has been an extraordinary amount of violence perpetuated against Muslims in the Central African Republic. At one point all its Muslims had been ‘ethnically cleansed’ and all its mosques essentially destroyed. Ilisha series from a few years ago on CAR is a must read.

Now some of those who were driven out are returning “to nothing.”

Bangui, Central African Republic – M Babakir Ali cuts a lonely figure sitting on a plastic chair outside a rundown cafe in the PK5 district of Bangui.

Once the owner of five houses and 18,000 square metres of land in the Foulbe district of Pk13, on the outskirts of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, Ali is now reduced to a pair of jeans and a short white sleeved shirt. The thin vertical stripes are faintly visible beyond the creases. He is a refugee in his own city.

“I left for Chad in January 2014 because of what happened on the streets of Bangui,” Ali says.

Ali says he watched as bodies of young Muslim men were dragged through the streets of the capital and then piled at a local mosque in what was to signal the changing fortunes for Muslims in the country.

He was right.

In early January, Muslims in the PK5, PK12, PK13 districts of Bangui were hunted down, mutilated, burned alive and left on the streets. Muslims in the towns of Bossangoa, Bozoum, Bouca, Yaloke, Mbaiki, Bossembele and others also fled, as Anti-balaka embarked on a reign of terror across the northwest and southwestern regions.

Ali gathered his family, and fled to neighbouring Chad, too.

With the unrest in Bangui lifting in 2016 as the country neared elections, he decided to come home.

But he knew he would face a new struggle on his return.

“I knew my houses and my land, that everything had been taken,” 45-year-old Ali says. “I knew I would be coming back to nothing.”

Ali speaks in short and abrupt sentences. The already battered plastic chair bends and shifts with his every gesture. There is a calm dissonance in his moist, jaundiced eyes even as he explains that his property was sold to a third party by a local chief.

“I am not the only one. So many from my district have returned, and have nowhere to go,” Ali says, looking away.

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  • cmyfe .

    Nah, skin is too dark and religion is too different.

  • Khizer

    Many….and American liberals should stop circlejerking about it, and finally grow spines and actually demand and fight against Trump’s terrible policies, instead of fussing over tweets.

    They should also start to do something about their goverment destroying any stable Middle East countries, but they don’t. All they do is tweet about trump’s moronic tweets, fuss about his ‘manners’ and how ‘un-american’ he is and other worthless ‘patriotic’ crap. They fussed about Bush’s stupidity and only lightly touched upon his wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, only calling them ‘bad’ and ‘unfortunate’ and that was it, that was their condemnation. They didn’t change a damn thing. When ‘liberal saviour’ Obama was president, he continued Bush’s policies in the Middle East, except less troops on ground and more drones. Liberals were too proud and succumbed to their own farts too realise this and instead were praising Obama for his ‘progressiveness’ of loving Muslims (whose countries he constantly bombed and families killed), caring for blacks and other minorities (even though the police was still heavily predjudiced and abusive to minorities, especially blacks) and making America ‘tolerant’ and ‘accepting’ again (even though America, and most countries, never were in the past). When Trump was elected, liberals started tripping themselves and making a fool of themselves. They and their pathetic news sites, *cough*The Guardian*cough* started praising Obama having nostalgia for him and ignored his less than ‘ideal’ policies. Liberals have even STARTED TO FUCKING MISS GEORGE ‘GOD TOLD ME TO BOMB IRAQ’ BUSH. go to any fucking liberal news site, and you will find a ’10 reasons we miss Bush’ article, and you will also find, “sure he was bad (bombing countries to the Stone Age) BUT HE HAD MANNERS!!!!”

    Liberals and their ‘news’ sites are disingenuous and absolutely lacking in any self-awareness. When trump won, they blamed those ‘ignorant backwater’ worker class red states for voting for Trump, when in actuality their fucking Democratic Party was just as trash as the republicans. Those ‘backwater workers’ voted Trump because he was the only candidate to acknowledge them, Hillary ‘Neo-liberal leech’ Clinton didn’t even acknowledge them and their declining economic situation while Trump (pretending, he didn’t actually give a shit about them) did. The Democratic Party took Hillary ‘neo-liberal’ Clinton over Bernie Sanders because he was ‘too socialist’ (I.e gave a shit about the poor and declining middle class) and didn’t lick corporation boots, which Hillary is a master at. Liberals blamed everthing on everyone else instead of the actual problem, Hillary herself, a petty neo-liberal leech who anyone NOT a rich or smug upper middle-class cunt not suffering from any economic problems, didn’t want to vote for. Most who actually voted for her did it out of fear for Trump’s neo-fascism, especially the minority voters.

    And here we fucking are, instead of realising that the American system is a decaying capitalist mess that needs to be broken down and replaced with something better, liberals insist on ‘fixing’ it (spoiler: you can’t fix a sinking ship, just save yourself and others and find a new and better ship). They don’t give a rat’s ass about the exploited people in the Middle East and in Africa, or even in their own country, they only care about being ‘right’ and feeling smug about it. The only people who actually want to, you know…IMPROVE the country and stop it’s impearealistic fantasies are the actual leftists (socialists and the like). Liberals’ reluctance to bring any valuable change is what got conservative alt-shite trash popular.

    News like this will be ignored, because liberals are too busy pontificating about Cheeto Benito’s manners (rather than his policies, both domestic and foreign). Actual genocide and oppression is not important to them. And bringing actual change to the world and their own country isn’t either.

  • Yausari

    Yeah, but how many times has that happened before?

  • Khizer

    Actual liberal breaking news in America:

    “Trump says something stupid on Twitter in a very UNPROFESSIONAL WAY! IS THIS THE END OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY?!?!?!!?”

  • Yausari

    This should be braking news!

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