2. A country I am concerned about is the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) in central Africa. Most recently and still ongoing, there has been a civil war within the country, to where factions of Muslim extremists in the area are attacking the government, as well as the civilians throughout the country. Upwards of 80 percent of the population is Christian, and the Muslim attackers are targeting them, persecuting them, and killing them. Because of their faith, the Christians do not retaliate, and the government is refusing to protect them. Houses, churches, villas, and towns have been burned or destroyed. However, there is a Christian coalition called the Christian anti-balaka, which is retaliating against the Muslim attackers, though they are not a strong enough force. The president of the C.A.R fled most recently, and a coup d'etat has occurred, and the government is being overthrown. The U.N and France have both sent several hundred soldiers to ensure the safety of the Christians and the current government. My church is affiliated with a non-profit organization, known as Encompass World Partnership, and my church has a partnership with another similar church over in the C.A.R. Many people from my church have made donations and have given relief money for food, supplies, and funding for schools in the C.A.R. Additionally, people from my church have gone to the C.A.R, to aide and set up ministries for the fellow Christians over there. We are all concerned with what is happening over in the C.A.R. This issue is affecting the surrounding nations, as well as the family and friends of those who are here, while someone they know is over aiding the people in the C.A.R
A Christian church in the C.A.R that was burned by the Muslim rebels. Many churches in the nation have faced similar atrocities.