Christians versus Muslims in Central African Republic
Articles on current events in the Central African Republic (CAR) such as the one I posted two days ago often generate a great deal of commentary. Last year, Muslim Seleka militias killed tens of thousands of Christians and drove 400,000 from their homes. This year, Christian anti-balaka militias have retaliated with vengeance, massacring hundreds of thousands of Muslims and driving millions more from their homes — so far. Muslims are just 15% of CAR’s population, and some anti-balaka leaders are promising to kill every Muslim that doesn’t flee the country. This is a fact. I may not like this fact, and you may not like this fact, but it’s a fact nonetheless.
One response is to say that the Christians in CAR are just defending themselves from the Muslims. I won’t disagree with that, except to say that anti-balaka leaders saying that they’re going to kill all the Muslims seems to me to cross the line from self-defense into genocide.
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