After a cycle of revenge attacks by “Anti-Balaka,” a pro-Christian militia, churches in the Central African Republic cared for thousands of Muslims who were unable to flee. Dieudonne Nzapalainga, Roman Catholic archbishop of Bangui, sheltered Omar Kobine Layama, president of the country’s Islamic Community, within the church’s compound. “I live alongside him and I ask Christians to do likewise,” Nzapalainga said. “You can’t call yourself a Christian if you kill your brother.” Begun last December, the Anti-
Balaka attacks were in retaliation for early 2013 attacks on Christians by an Islamist militia.
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