Religious leaders sought reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic on Wednesday during a lull in violence that has killed hundreds of people and drawn in French troops seeking to stop the bloodshed.
Fighters, both Muslim and Christian, have gone door to door murdering civilians over the past week. Mobs have carried out lynchings, set fire to cars and buildings and looted shops.
In the capital Bangui, religious leaders met to distribute food to the more than 10,000 displaced people huddled at a gathering at a community centre for protection.
“We are here because we are brothers first and foremost,” Imam Oumar Kobine Layama, president of the Islamic Central African community, told the crowd of Christians. “Today we are listening to the young to see what they propose because our house is burning down and we need to try to put out the fire,” he said.