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Christmas Violence in the Central African Republic

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga delivered his Christmas sermon on Wednesday in the capital city of Bangui, calling for reconciliation and forgiveness, but that did little to quell the ongoing cycle of revenge killings between Christians and Muslims...

Video and photos by Robert King

On Christmas Eve, Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga gave a sermon in the Central African Republic's capital city of Bangui. He discussed the need for reconciliation and forgiveness, but the country's leaders are incapable of stopping—or unwilling to stop—the violence, even as the country spirals deeper into the abyss due to an endless series of revenge killings between Christians and Muslims.


Two nights later, I took refuge in what had probably been a Bangui flophouse in better times. Gunfire cracked in the distance, bullets zipped by, and explosions shook the windows as I sat there in the darkness. At the time, no one seemed to know who was fighting, most people were in hiding, and everyone was scared. A French military helicopter circled overhead while I frantically gathered my belongings in case I needed to move in the middle of the night.

I later learned armed militias had been attacking the presidential palace.

As Nzapalainga told his flock, what had been sectarian strife is now a religious conflict. And Lucifer has taken up residency in the CAR.