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Conflict has poisoned Central African Republic, Camelite missionary Fr. Frederick Trinchero



The clashes between the former Seleka rebels and anti Balaka militia have poisoned the Country and continue to claim innocent victims". This is the lamentation of one Camelite missionary Fr. Frederick Trinchero, the Superior of the Carmelites in the central African republic. He also teaches at the Notre Dame du Mont Carmel convent in the capital, Bangui.
Writing to the Catholic news agency, Fides, Fr. Trinchero discloses that "The madness of war did not spare the families of my confreres”. And acknowledges the fact that much as the seleka, and those who supported them, may have started the atrocities in Bangui, even those who have taken the law in their own hands, the anti balaka, are equally guilty of the same criminal acts.
“The anti- Balaka, who are not Muslims, cannot call themselves Christians. If they were, their actions say the contrary", continued Fr. Trinchero, who said that "the Bishops have repeatedly denounced this mass violent reaction, that the media have hastily interpreted as Christian. He says the only reason why the media have labeled them as Christians is because they are not Muslims and are opposed to them.
He explained that not all muslims in Bangui are bad and that their mass exodus continue to deprive Christians of some very good neighbours and friends. In fact he said that the departure of the muslims will pronounce the food crisis in the country as most of the them have been involved in running most of the businesses and the agricultural sector.
But expressed said he was hopeful the situation may normalize soon, given the fact that the country’s new interim president, the former mayor of Bangui is a respected member of society. "In this bleak picture, Fr. Trinchero writes, the election, on January 20, of a new President - Cathérine Samba Panza is a sign of hope, because unlike those who preceded her she enjoys the people’s support.” The new President has since appointed a new Prime Minister whose name says it all: Nzapayeke, which means 'God exists'. A great tandem with the Archbishop of Bangui, whose surname, Nzapalainga, means ' God knows'.
Therefore: 'God exists and God knows'. He concludes that the coining of these two names gives all the peace-loving people of CAR, Christian and Muslim alike, the hope, sense of security and courage to move forward", fully conscious that it will soon be dawn in Central African Republic. Nigeria: UN rights expert to assess the situation of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities




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