A pastor is among the at least 12 Christians killed in a Seleka attack in Bambari, Central African Republic (CAR), earlier this month. Pastor Barthelemy Boganka, 53, of the Apostolic Church of Bambari, was killed on Dec. 3 after the head of the transitional parliament, President Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, visited the town to celebrate Independence Day with his constituency.
It was reported that Séleka rebels attacked the people accompanying the pastor, including a soldier that formed part of the detachment escorting the politician. A Red Cross worker said that “young Muslims went into Christian neighborhoods with guns and knives and burned down houses. We’ve already found 12 dead and 13 wounded. They are all Christian civilians.”
The pastor leaves behind a widow, Dorothy, and three children. The situation of Christians in the northeastern part of CAR is deteriorating by the day as Muslims still occupy many areas. According to the Red Cross worker, hundreds of Christians have sought shelter in the main church in the central town of Bambari. Please pray for God’s comfort to Dorothy and all others affected by the violence in Bambari. Pray that peace will be restored soon.
CAR is ranked No. 16 on the Open Doors 2014 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.