Central African Republic cardinal blames ‘foreign interests’ for ongoing conflict

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Foreign interests are undermining the peace in the Central African Republic, according to the country’s top Catholic.

Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui, cited the foreign mercenaries in the conflict-ridden country, which he said were brought in by “some brothers for political, economic, ethnic and selfish reasons.”

He was speaking at a Sept. 30 event marking 125 years of Catholic evangelization in the archdiocese.

The Central African Republic has experienced instability since 2013, when Seleka, a Muslim-majority militia movement, overthrew the government. The Christian-dominated Anti-Balaka militia then formed to fight the Seleka. French and African peacekeepers were deployed in January 2014 and drove the Seleka forces from the capital,…

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