|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Faustin-Archange Touadera|
CAR: Community Divides.
The landlocked country of CAR is no longer in a crisis, but it is still divided. The civil war has changed attitudes of both Christians and Muslims, bringing about a great distrust between the two. Violence is still occurring in areas outside of the capital. A positive sign in 2016 was the first successful, peaceful election since the civil war. Despite this Seleka rebels who started the violence have been unwilling to down weapons. There is still a risk the country could relapse back into conflict. CAR is one of the least developed nations in the world, ranked 180th in development by the UN.
After the mostly Islamic Seleka overthrow of the government and their targeting of churches Christians became suspicious of their Muslim neighbours. The Christian community’s response also means Muslims are fearful of Christian reprisals. While 2016 saw CAR drop from 26 to 34 on the World Watch List, there is only 1 point difference in scores from the year before. The pressure on Christians and violence against them in CAR is still high.
In 2012 the mostly Muslim rebels in the north of the country began a war against the government. In response a mostly Christian coalition formed to fight back. While the conflict was not strictly along religious lines this was a significant factor in the conflict that took place. In the violence thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. For a short time the country was plunged into complete chaos. While the country has had several civil wars since independence this is the first one that involved a large religious split.
Pray for God to bring a lasting peace to CAR.
Pray for Christians to be forgiving to their Muslim neighbours and reach out to them.
Pray for Seleka rebels to have revelations of Jesus and to lay down their weapons.