Rebels in the Central African Republic. CC License-BY-2.0

Rebels in the Central African Republic. CC License-BY-2.0

As the conflict between the rebels of Sékéla and the national army of the Central african Republic rages on, tension mounts in the city of Bossangoa. Locals fear that the conflict may not spill into open fighting between the christian and muslim communities. Some still hold hope for appeasement though, like the Iman of the downtown mosque [fr]:

C’est notre pays, nous sommes aussi natifs. Mais nos frères chrétiens nous prennent toujours pour des étrangers. Ils nous assimilent à leur malheur et nous ne comprenons pas. Nous demandons aussi la paix..

This is also our country, we were born here. But out christian brethren still see us as strangers.They think we are the cause of their sorrow and we do not know why. We too still hope for peace..

The humanitarian crisis in the country is getting worse by the day. Hippolyte Donossio reports that 150 people were killed and thousands of homes were burnt by the rebels during the week-end.