- Global Voices - http://globalvoicesonline.org -

“Bring All the Culprits of Ethnic Cleansing to Justice” Says a CAR Citizen of Muslim and Christian Descent

Written by Rakotomalala On 18 February 2014 @ 15:05 pm | 1 Comment

In Central African Republic, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Disaster, English, Ethnicity & Race, French, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, International Relations, Quick Reads, Refugees, Religion, Sub-Saharan Africa, War & Conflict

Here is Moussa Tanko–Tchaibou's take on the ethnic cleansing that is underway in his country, the Central African Republic and what should be done to stop it [1] [fr]:

Je suis centrafricain de confession musulmane avec cette particularité illustrative de la cohésion sociale, celle d’avoir un père de confession musulmane et une mère d’origine chrétienne [..]  Alors que la maison commune est en train de bruler qu’apportent-ils comme contribution afin de mettre fin à cette situation? Rien à part se préparer pour les prochaines échéances électorales, à attiser à distance cette haine contre une certaine catégorie de population [..]  il faudrait que les choses avancent vite, car ne pas traduire les coupables de ces crimes horribles devant la cour pénale internationale laisse la porte ouverte à d’autres massacres.

I am a Central African Republic citizen who happens to be muslim. In what used to be an illustration of the social cohesion of the past in my country, my father is Muslim and my mother is Christian. [..] While the house of Central Africa is now burning, what did that they (political leaders) do to put an end to this situation? Nothing but prepare for the next elections and stir up hatred against a certain group of people [..] The world needs to move quickly (with identifying the culprits), because if we do not bring the perpetrators of these horrible crimes to the International Criminal Court rapidly, we will leave the door open for other massacres to occur.

Hayes Brown unpacks why it is important to better understand the two-way atrocities in the region and whether the use of the term genocide in the media is appropriate [2]. Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch states that without prompt action, the country will be emptied of its Muslim population [3] [fr]. 


Article printed from Global Voices: http://globalvoicesonline.org

URL to article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/18/bring-all-the-culprits-of-ethnic-cleansing-to-justice-says-a-car-citizen-of-muslim-and-christian-descent/

URLs in this post:

[1] what should be done to stop it: http://www.lanouvellecentrafrique.info/centrafrique-unite-ou-es-tu/

[2] use of the term genocide in the media is appropriate: http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/02/13/3270671/central-african-republic-rwanda-yugoslavia/

[3] will be emptied of its Muslim population: http://www.lanouvellecentrafrique.info/communique-de-presse-de-human-rights-watch-3/

Licensed Creative Commons Attribution, 2008 Global Voices Online. See attribution policy for details: http://globalvoicesonline.org/about/global-voices-attribution-policy