Conflict in the Central African Republic: Religion, Power and Prospects for Reconciliation
Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bangui
Omar Kabine Layama, Imam; President of the Central African Republic Islamic Community
Chair: Ian Linden, Senior Adviser, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Internecine violence in the Central African Republic is escalating as a cycle of revenge attacks appears to be developing between Muslim and Christian rebels and vigilantes, with significant costs to civilians. There are growing fears that the crisis will become entrenched through religious conflict and the situation may spread across the region with confrontations between Christian and Muslim communities in neighbouring countries. Following the December 2013 French intervention, which helped to temporarily reduce violence, African and French troops are still deployed in the country. However, violence continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of both Christian and Muslim communities in the CAR.
Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga and Imam Omar Kabine Layama will present their views of the crisis and argue that the neglect of the country's dire poverty indicators is the root cause of the conflict. They will also discuss the spillover risks of the conflict, including consequences of long-term communal hatred and how regional and international partners cooperate to rebuild an effective administration and implementing a development agenda.
Please note that this event will be held in French with consecutive translation.