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Hundreds of Muslims Are Trapped in Enclaves in the Central African Republic

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Hundreds of Muslims Are Trapped in Enclaves in the Central African Republic

Hundreds of Muslims are trapped in enclaves in atrocious conditions in the Central African Republic, fearing attacks if they leave and blocked from fleeing abroad by the interim government, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“Those trapped in some of the enclaves face a grim choice: leave and face possible attack from anti-balaka fighters, or stay and die from hunger and disease,” said Lewis Mudge, Africa researcher at HRW. “The government’s policy of no evacuations is absolutely indefensible.”

HRW also deplore U.N. peacekeepers for alleged complicity in hindering Muslims to seek safety. Camp leaders in the western Muslim enclaves of Yaloké, Carnot and Boda told researchers earlier this month that an estimated 1,750 people, many of them ethnic Peuhl herders, are desperate to flee.

Most of the Muslims in the west of the country escaped brutal attacks by Christian and animist anti-balaka militants between late 2013 and early 2014. More than 5,000 people were killed between December 2013 and September this year, the Associated Press reports.

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  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    The lack of media attention given to them is disgusting.
    Muslims need to do more for our brothers and sisters in CAR.

  • downwithpants

    Shit they should convert to Christianity they could get “strategic” airstrikes

  • Iekyll

    It’s quite messed up. These sporadic reports on the plight of our people in CAR give the impression (to me at least) that it’s an occasional thing that happens and yet, at the same time, I know that the situation is much worse than the number of news articles implies.

    I’m not sure if I’m making sense right now, I’m finding it quite difficult to word what I’m thinking.

  • mindy1

    Welp there goes my hopes for world peace in 2015…

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