Christian cannibal eats Muslim man’s leg after a gruesome attack in the Central African Republic
THE growing problem of sectarianism in the Central African Republic (CAR) since the installation last March of a Muslim President, Michel Djotodia, was grimly highlighted today when the BBC carried a report of the killing of a Muslim man by Christian vigilantes.
The gang was led by Ouandja Magloire, who calls himself “Mad Dog”. He told BBC’s Paul Wood that he had seen his victim sitting on a minibus and decided to follow him because he wanted “revenge” for the murder of family members.
He said he had been “angry” because Muslims killed his pregnant wife, his sister-in-law and her baby.
More and more people joined him until he was at the head of a mob of some 20 youths.
They forced the bus driver to stop and dragged the Muslim man out on the street, where he was beaten and stabbed before being set on fire.
Footage of the incident shows “Mad Dog” eating the man’s leg. According to eyewitnesses, no-one tried to intervene.
Acts of cannibalism are rare in CAR, where sectarianism is a recent development.
Djotodia’s Seleka’s rebel group has been accused of targeting Christian civilians, leading to the creation of self-defence groups known as anti-balaka.
Those groups have in turn been accused of atrocities against members of the Muslim minority.
There was jubilation in CAR at the weekend when Djotodia resigned. A transitional national council has two weeks to choose a new president.
CAR has huge deposits of gold, diamonds and other minerals but has seen a succession of coups and rebellions since independence from France in 1960, leaving most of its people living in poverty.
Hat tip: Leo Igwe