The mysterious lack of coverage is quite conspicuous in the American press, particularly when you see stories of less significance constantly regurgitated within the last 48-hours without mention of the violence going on in the Central African Republic since Thursday, December 6th.
Although hundreds of CAR Africans have been killed in recent violence, little mention has hit the media air waves in a curiously shocking lack of concern by the American media. Stories of far less importance and impact are being recycled over and over again. One would need to log into foreign websites to see any meaningful coverage.
According to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), hundreds of Africans of the CAR have been slain in religious violence generated when an Islamic strongman of the Muslim minority ousted President Franco;is Bozize. Christian militias loyal to the ousted president launched multiple attacks from the north which sparked retaliatory attacks from the mainly Muslim armed fighters loyal to the new leadership.
Michel Djotodia became the first Muslim leader in the Christian-majority country of CAR after installing himself as chief authority in March by forcing President Bozize to leave office.
Violence has escalated within the past week as great fears of sectarian bloodshed between Muslim and Christians or along tribal lines have forced the United Nations’ Security Council to vote to allow French troops join an African peacekeeping force in the CAR.
Pastor Antoine Mbao Bogo of the CAR Red Cross said his staff had collected nearly 300 bodies as of late Friday night, Decenber 6th and expected the number to rise significantly more when they continued to work Saturday.
One of the chief officials of Amnesty International, Christian Mukosa declared that the capital of the CAR was “effectively in shutdown” with doctors and medical staff unable to provide medical services for those dying and injured due to the insecurity and violence.
In an effort to exert control over the violence, French jets and helicopters streaked over the city in an effort to put a deterrent to the violence.http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/12/9/-french-troops-pushfurtherintocar.html
Islamic rebels attempting to force their will on the Christian majority could present a political headache for the Obama Administration who have been historically slow or reluctant to call out criticism on radical Islamic aggression.
Christian refugees have sought sanctuary in places as the St. Antoine Cathedral in Bossangoa where 37,000 Christians fearing a genocide are under the Catholic mission’s protection. It has been estimated that 10% of the CAR’s 4.6 million population have fled their homes fearful of the violence.