We just received an update from Roy and Aleta Danforth, Covenant Missionaries in the Central African Republic, on our project providing disaster relief there.
As rebel groups and Central African Republic national government authorities unsuccessfully try to work out their power struggle the local people that have been the victims in this whole crisis continue to suffer. Across the border in Cameroon, thousands of Fulani and Muslim refugees continue to live in camps, where sickness, malnutrition, and hunger plague the people, despite the efforts of the UNHCR and other relief groups. In addition, Gbaya people from our northern area also had to flee from Islamic extremists that burned their villages and killed many families. The result of all this bloodshed and destruction has been intense hatred between certain Muslims and non-Muslims. Finally, the international community has sent MISCA (international security) troops to guard the major cities against any more violence, and this has helped some. Our town of Gamboula is now under the protective care of 70 of these troops and we have a tenuous peace as we have had since the beginning of this conflict, but the hatred and fear of “the enemy” is still grounded in many people’s hearts. Continue Reading »