From ACN News:
ACN News, Thursday, 16th May 2013 – CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Persecution of Christians in the Central African Republic
Almost completely unnoticed by world public opinion is the new drama of Christian persecution unfurling in the Central African Republic. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has learnt from Church circles in the country that mission stations and churches are being looted, destroyed and pillaged by militias close to the new government. Any resistance is mercilessly suppressed. A number of Christians have been killed or wounded. All nine dioceses are affected, seven of them severely. The dioceses of Alindao and Bangassou have lost everything and are no longer even able to help those in need.
The Bishops are at special risk, but they refuse to abandon their flock. Many Christians have fled to the countryside and do not dare to return to their houses for fear of encountering rebels. The militias belong to the Muslim movement Seleka, they come from the north and are well armed.
ACN had already arranged to supply emergency aid to the diocese of Kanga Bandoro in January via secure routes and channels. In view of the extreme emergency this aid is now being topped up. A further four dioceses are receiving immediate emergency relief totalling $200,000. Church sources say it is impossible to consider rebuilding the churches and houses or even of purchasing new vehicles to replace those stolen by the rebels. “It’s simply a matter of survival now” they reported.
Posted by Theodore Shoebat