Andrew Harding on Africa Review reports on the courageous acts of a congregation in the shabby town of Boali, Central African Republic and notably one Father Xavier Fagba. The St Peter's Parish church has sheltered Muslims seeking sanctuary from ethnic cleansing perpetrated by anti balaka gangs:
“Now is the time for men of goodwill to stand up and prove the strength and quality of their faith,” said Father Fagba, [..] “When I did this, nobody in the community understood me. They attacked and threatened me.” The Muslims – about 650 in all – arrived at the church on January 16 and 17. “The Muslims discovered in our church that the God we worship is the same as their God,” said Father Fagba.
On twitter, a hashtag #CARKindness reports the local acts of kindness amidst the unspeakable wave of violence that plagues the country. Here is another instance of such kindness:
Khadija's husband was killed in #CARcrisis. Now she cooks food provided by @WFP for hundreds of kids in #Bangui camp pic.twitter.com/C8d4bsZYT6
— Alexis Masciarelli (@amasciarelli) February 18, 2014