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Central African Republic’s rebels sign cease-fire

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) – Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo. The ceremony was carried live on the Republic of Congo’s state television. The signing on Wednesday comes after heavy pressure from regional mediators and only one day after the Seleka Muslim ... Read More »

Muslim militant saved me from beheading in Central African Republic

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Bishop: Muslim militant saved me from beheading in Central African Republic Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia Below: The bishop’s diocesan compound has provided shelter to more than 45,000 people (CNS) A bishop from the Central African Republic has revealed that he was saved from being beheaded by Islamists in April after one of their number intervened to save him. Bishop Nestor-Désiré ... Read More »

Central African Republic: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims

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Central African Republic: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims Around 100,000 displaced people are living among the planes at a makeshift camp at Bangui airport Continue reading the main story International peacekeepers have failed to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, a human rights group says. Militia attacks have led to a “Muslim exodus of historic proportions”, ... Read More »

Sierra Leone Muslims warned to avoid handshakes during Eid prayers

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Imams in Sierra Leone have cautioned Muslims against shaking hands during the Eid prayers scheduled for Saturday, as a way of avoiding contracting the Ebola virus disease. Sierra Leone is expected to join the rest of the Muslim Ummah to observe the feast which coincides with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. There have been concerns over the risk involved in ... Read More »

Central African Republic: Let Muslims Seek Safety

Government authorities in Central African Republic and international peacekeepers should allow Muslim residents to seek protection in neighboring countries. Many Muslim residents living in a few heavily guarded areas endure unsustainable, life-threatening conditions and say they want to leave. The majority of the Muslims remaining in the western part of the country are ethnic Peuhl nomads living in small enclaves ... Read More »

Muslims flee Central African Republic capital

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Thousands of Muslims have fled for their lives from the capital of Central African Republic, with Christian crowds cheering as the truckloads of families made their way out of town. One man who fell off a truck in Bangui on Friday was subsequently killed and his body mutilated. It really is a horrific situation. All over Bangui, entire Muslim neighborhoods ... Read More »

Central African Republic names first Muslim prime minister

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – The Central African Republic named its first Muslim prime minister on Sunday as part of an effort to create a more inclusive government and end more than a year of sectarian violence. Related Stories Samba Panza names former Seleka advisor as Central African PM Reuters C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet Associated Press ... Read More »

Rebels reject new Muslim PM Kamoun

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The appointment of the first Muslim prime minister in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been rejected by the mainly Muslim rebel group Seleka. Mahamat Kamoun was appointed in the wake of a deal signed last month between rival militias aimed at ending more than a year of religious conflict. He is the first Muslim prime minister in the Christian-dominated ... Read More »

Central African Republic Muslim rebels demand partition

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Seleka rebels have demanded that Central African Republic be partitioned into a Muslim north and a Christian south, a surprise move at talks aimed at halting religious violence, sources at the meeting said on Tuesday. Seleka’s head of delegation to the three-day forum in Brazzaville, General Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, told a session it was time to formalise the split after ... Read More »

Central African Republic: leading prelate aids Muslim refugees

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Central African Republic’s leading prelate, traveled into the dangerous interior to the nation to bring aid to 600 Muslim refugees, according to a report in La Croix. Islamist Séléka militias overthrew the nation’s president in March 2013, attacked Christian institutions, and held sway until January 2014. Anti-balaka forces, originally organized in self defense, have engaged in ... Read More »