This morning, Thursday, December 5, there was a new flare up of violence in Bangui, the capital city of the C.A.R. From various reports, there was an attack with heavy machine-gun fire and some mortars in the northern part of the city early this morning. The fighting continued in other parts of the city during the day, making it impossible for people to get around the city to carry out their duties. In speaking today with our Coordinator for VisionTrust’s work in the C.A.R., Josué Mbami, he said people in the city have pretty much stayed at home. He also indicated that it’s been difficult to get in touch with our VisionTrust personnel in some parts of the city.
This comes after some glimmers of hope earlier in the week for peace, when France sent into Bangui some reinforcements to try and bring some stability to the conflict and help restore some law and order to the city. There had been some reports of the UN also wanting to send in some peacekeepers as well to bolster the African Union peacekeepers already in the country.
The UN action is dependent on a vote today of the Security Council on whether to approve such a deployment. There is also a mini-summit on the situation of the Central African Republic scheduled for Saturday, December 7, in Paris.
Please pray for the action today by the Security Council and the meetings in Paris on Saturday, that appropriate action would be taken to restore law and order to Bangui, and then to the whole country. Pray also for God to continue His amazing protection of the 680+ orphans that VTI is able to serve in this country.