22 February 2013

Central African Republic: Free Central Africans From Suffering, Bishops Appeal

Bangui — Catholic Bishops in Central Africa Republic (CAR) have appealed for the end of suffering of the People of Central African Republic.

The Bishops appealed for the application of the Libreville Accord that was reached on January 11, and was signed by the CAR government and the Seleka rebel coalition. The Accord called for a ceasefire, the constitution of a government of unity and the withdrawal of rebels from the areas they occupied.

According to Fides News Agency, the Bishops say that most of Central Africa is still occupied by the armed rebellion. "The people live in fear, they are dispersed in the forest, prevented from freely engaging in their activities; the fields have been abandoned," said the Bishops. They also noted that schools and hospitals are either in ruins or unable to operate. "There is no respect for the inviolable right to physical integrity of every human person, particularly women and girls, who are repeatedly abused and raped," they added.

Government buildings and church buildings are also not spared; they are "looted, destroyed and profaned".

The CAR Bishops have called on the parties involved and the international community to open paths to allow food and medicine to reach the people and to restore telephone communication.

They called on the government to guarantee the safety of men and women religious and all Central African citizens. They also urged the rebels to stop the violence and looting.

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