May 20, 2013

Islamist rebels who have taken over Central African Republic are targeting Christians and their churches, and the population is “living in permanent anguish,” said the Catholic bishops’ justice and peace commission.

“What abominable acts, what humiliating, degrading and inhuman forms of treatment: Not knowing what to do next, the population is living in permanent anguish, amid fear, pillage, rape, injustice, violence and the settling of scores,” the commission said in a May 5 statement signed by its president, Bishop Albert Vanbuel of Kaga-Bandoro.

In a statement that named numerous Church workers and buildings attacked, the commission said that, in the early days of May, people had been left scarred and traumatized by gun battles in the capital, Bangui, while rebel alliance members “continue to kill each day.”