BANGUI – Thousands of Christians have sought refuge at the Central African Republic’s (CAR) airport, fleeing violence from mostly Muslim ex-rebels.
The French military, which controls the Bangui airport, guarded the area as the Christians sought safety from Seleka soldiers with machetes and guns. The UN Security Council had passed a motion last week to allow the French to protect civilians in the country from the violence, which is considered to be the worst the nation has seen since March.
Troops told reporters that approximately 2,000 Central Africans took refuge at the airport— and that most, if not all, were Christian.
The large gathering of Christians laid out their mats as closely to the runway as possible near the barbed wire fencing. Dead bodies could be seen on the other side of the fence.“They are slaughtering us like chickens,” one of the Christians, Appolinaire Donoboy, told the Associated Press.
“We are angry,” said Yves Wayina, who escaped with his wife and six children.