African Pastor: ‘They Wanted to Silence the Preacher Who Converts Muslims to Christianity’
(World Watch Monitor) — Four years ago, an eruption of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, left dozens dead and shattered the lives of many others.
An attempt by Anti-Balaka (“anti-machete”) vigilantes to oust rebel leader Michel Djotodia, who had swept across the country into the capital to proclaim himself President, led to a violent counter-offensive by Djotodia’s militants, known as Séléka.
Pastors Jean-Eric Vogbia and Gilbert Bogolo were among the Christians who lived in PK5, a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of Bangui, at the time.
On the day of the attack –Dec. 5, 2013 – they became the prime targets of Séléka militants. Pastor Vogbia lost his eldest son; they both lost their churches and properties.