Bangassou, Central African Republic, Sep 1, 2017 / 13:46 pm
Thousands of Muslim refugees have fled deadly militias in the Central African Republic thanks to Bangassou's Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munoz.
"They would risk death if they venture out," the Spanish-born Bishop Munoz told the BBC program Newsday. "For us, there's no such thing as a Muslim person or a Christian person, everyone is a human being. We need to protect those who are vulnerable."
The approximately 2,000 refugees sought help at the Catholic seminary in the southeastern city of Bangassou after the most recent outbreak of fighting in May.
In 2013, the largely Muslim Seleka rebels seized power and were accused of killing non-Muslim civilians. Since then, the Central African Republic has suffered sectarian violence. Self-defense groups called anti-Balaka formed, composed mainly of Christians. Those groups too have been accused of atrocities.