By Theodore Shoebat
Hundreds of people in the Central African Republic have been butchered, as Christians and Muslims kill each other in a horrific civil war that has lasted for years. As we read in one report:
Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed hundreds of civilians in an unfettered spree of bloodletting, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.
The group issued a 92-page report ahead of the impending opening of a Special Criminal Court, a new judicial body that will probe rights violations in the country since 2003.
Investigators found evidence of more than 560 civilian deaths and the destruction of more than 4,200 homes by militias since late 2014, HRW said.
But this was likely to be just a small fraction of the total crimes that had been committed, it cautioned.
The killings had occurred “with wholesale impunity,” the watchdog said.
“Over the past two years, hundreds of witnesses told us of brazen war crimes committed by Seleka and anti-balaka fighters across the center and eastern part of the Central African Republic,” HRW researcher Lewis Mudge said.
“The lack of justice for these crimes has left fighters free to terrorize civilians at will, and fueled ongoing revenge attacks.”
One of the world’s poorest nations, CAR was pitched into a civil war between Muslim and Christian militias in 2013, unleashed when President Francois Bozize was overthrown by a coalition of Muslim-majority rebel groups called the Seleka.