The leading Catholic prelate in the Central African Republic has denounced the activities of Anti-balaka, a network of militias often described as “Christian” in secular media reports.
“Call them self-defense militias, village militias, but please spare us
the word ‘Christian’ in this context,” said Archbishop Dieudonné
Nzapalainga according to an Agence France-Press report.
“Muslims are not the only ones suffering from the Anti-balaka,” he added. “We have all become victims.”
Members of Anti-balaka, according to media reports, have been killing Muslims.
Anti-balaka was formed to fight against the Islamist Séléka forces who
helped bring Michel Djotodia to power in March 2013 and who “embarked on
months of looting, raping, and killing,” in the words of a December
Islamist Séléka members, some of them foreigners,
attacked Christian institutions, raising fears of genocide. Djotodia
resigned in January.