The Central African Republic joins the list of those places where violence has been meted out to Christians by Muslim thugs known as Seleka. The Christians are having to flee for safety to those areas controlled by the troops of France.
Yahoo News, quoting an Associated Press report said:
“ANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of Christian civilians sought refuge at an airport guarded by French soldiers Friday, fleeing from the mostly Muslim ex-rebels with machetes and guns who rule the country a day after the worst violence to hit the chaotic capital in nine months.
When several French helicopters landed at the airport, people sang with joy as they banged on plastic buckets and waved rags into the air in celebration.
Outside the barbed wire fences of the airport, bodies lay decomposing along the roads in a capital too dangerous for many to collect the corpses. Thursday’s clashes left at least 280 dead, according to national radio, and have raised fears that waves of retaliatory attacks could soon follow.
“They are slaughtering us like chickens,” said Appolinaire Donoboy, a Christian whose family remained in hiding.
France had pledged to increase its presence in its former colony well before Christian militias attacked the capital at dawn Thursday. The arrival of additional French troops and equipment came as the capital teetered on the brink of total anarchy and represented the greatest hope for many Central Africans.”
The phrase ‘Christian militias attacked the capital’ in the report may be misleading. It appears that Christian militias may have been trying to re-take the capital from the Muslim group that had seized it in a coup.
The report added:
“Supporters of the ousted president formed self-defense militias such as those behind Thursday’s attack, which came hours before the U.N. Security Council voted to authorize the French deployment.
“We’re appreciative of France, but we know that 50 years after our independences, France is again required to come in as a fireman to save us — it’s not right,” said Alpha Conde, president of Guinea. “It’s a humiliation for Africa that 50 years afterward, we are not at all able to manage our problems ourselves.”
France’s military, which controls Bangui airport, said about 2,000 Central Africans took refuge there Thursday, most if not all of them Christian. The crowd swelled on Friday.”