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Muslim refugees protected by Catholic Bishop

Andrew Alvarado, Contributor

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Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munoz has given refuge to 2,000 Muslim refugees in his seminary in the Central African Republic, or CAR.

The refugees risk violence and even death from Christian and anti-balaka militias.

The decision to shelter the refugees was made after fighting broke out in May and the refugees sought help at the seminary.

They have been under the care of the church and aid organizations ever since.

Their situation is not completely stable, though.

The refugees are completely confined inside the seminary and cannot leave due to the anti-balaka militias.

Because of this, many people who require medical assistance cannot leave to get taken care of.

Even though the task of caring for the refugees seems terribly burdensome , the church has cared for them regardless.

This is a great example of humanitarian care and kindness, which is very much needed in this area today.

According to the U.N. at least half of the population in CAR is dependent on humanitarian aid.

Bishop Munoz told BBC: “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.”

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