A coalition of jihadist groups afﬁliated to Al-Qaeda released a video showing six foreign hostages, including three missionaries, on 1 July.
82-year-old Ken Elliott was shown in the video. He was kidnapped in January 2016 in Burkina Faso. In it, Ken requested that governments work to negotiate his release. He said he appreciated all the prayers for him and hopes to be reunited with his family. His wife was kidnapped at the same time as Ken, but was released after a month.
CAR: more attacks
Attacks on Christian communities have continued, despite the government signing a peace agreement with 13 rebel groups in Rome on 19 June.
On 21 June, the house of a church pastor in Bria, around 350 miles north-east of the capital Bangui, was torched. Many churches are still being burned down and Christians are fleeing into bushes. Reprisal attacks on Muslims by so-called Christian ‘anti-balaka’ groups have also continued; church leaders have repeatedly condemned violence by the militias.
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