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The Star: In Central African Republic, A Lesson in Hate

April 5, 2014


"Dieu-Beni is Christian, which is why it is odd to find him among the Seleka's mainly Muslim fighters. But like Mousaf, he is an exception — an example of why this conflict cannot be described as religious alone."

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC—This is how Amadou Mousaf learned to hate.

It was 4:30 on a May afternoon, near the town of Gaga, about 200 kilometres from the capital, Bangui. The 22-year-old had been mining, as he did most days, searching for tiny gold specks as the punishing sun began to fade.

He heard shouting. Then people surrounded him, waving and screaming: "The Seleka! The Seleka!"

The mainly Muslim militia that had taken over the capital in a March coup was moving from town to town, pillaging, killing, raping and setting fire to entire villages.

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