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Politics Is Central African Republic crisis the new Rwanda?


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BBC News - Village torn apart by conflict in the Central African Republic

In the Central African Republic, villages are emptying as Muslims flee to nearby Chad for safety.

They are under attack from a Christian militia, the anti-balaka, who say they are taking revenge for atrocities committed against their communities by Muslims.

The residents of the village of Boboua have tried to keep their community safe from harm, but the conflict has now reached even there, as Andrew Harding reports.

Two decades ago, when the world was busy with the Olympics and OJ Simpson trial, Rwanda's situation continue to deteriorate but it fell on deaf ears. More than half a million died in Rwanda because of genocide in a span of 3 months, and most of us heard of it too late to do something about it. Heck some didn't even know it was happening until ten years after when this movie came out in 2004.

Today, another Olympics kept us entertained while all over the world, conflicts, civil unrest and protests were happening. In Thailand, Venezuela, Ukraine (well this one kind of took the spotlight after the Olympics, and for a reason) and other countries: Wait, But Why Is Everyone Protesting? | Neon Tommy

But there's not enough media coverage (or none at all) about the Central African Republic conflict. For several months, there has been a warning of genocide. In February 2014, about 70 people were massacred overnight for being Muslims (or being suspected Muslim because they spoke Arabic) by Christian militiamen, and hundreds of Muslims remain in hiding. Maybe the next time we'll hear about this country is after thousands have been killed already...and countries start blaming each other for what could have been a preventable genocide.