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Persecution: Africa – Central African Republic

November 2016

More than 200 people have been reported as killed by Islamic militants in the war-torn Central African Republic.

Violence has intensified across the country, as Seleka Islamist militants spread into Koui in the north and Kouango in the south of the Christian-majority country.

September’s violence has also seen residents fleeing across the river to take refuge in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the 200 deaths recorded in September.

According to Barnabas Fund, the conflict started after a Muslim forcibly seized the wife of a non-Muslim. ‘In the altercation that followed, the Muslim was killed, following which the Seleka militants from Bambari descended on the town in force, killing men, women and children’ in retaliation.

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