Cameroon Muslims Join Christians in Christmas Prayer for Peace

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – In Cameroon, thousands of Muslims are joining Christians in churches all over the country in Christmas prayers for peace in 2021. For the annual tradition this year, the Inter-Denominational Prayer for Peace group focused on Cameroon’s troubled western regions and COVID-19. Muslims in Cameroon joined together with Christians Friday to celebrate Christmas and offer an annual prayer for peace. Cheikh Oumarou Mallam is president of the Islamic Superior Council of Cameroon and a member of the Inter-Denominational Prayer for Peace group. This year, he says, they prayed…

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UN Rights Office Alarmed at Uptick in Violence Ahead of Central African Republic Elections

GENEVA – The United Nations human rights office warns the increase in violence ahead of Sunday’s elections in the Central African Republic presents serious risks to the civilian population and threatens to disrupt the electoral process. U.N. officials say escalating violence is creating mayhem in the Central African Republic and could scare people away from the polls. The U.N. office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates at least 55,000 people have been forcibly displaced within Central African Republic and an unknown number of other people reportedly have sought safety…

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Central Africa Rebel Groups Call Off Cease-Fire Before Election

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – A rebel coalition that has been fighting the government in the Central African Republic said Friday that it was calling off a three-day cease-fire ahead of a tense general election on the weekend. The rebel groups launched an offensive a week ago threatening to march on the capital, Bangui, in what the government described as an attempted coup, but their progress was halted with international help. The Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) then announced a brief truce before presidential and legislative elections Sunday, which…

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