Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia of the Diocese of Bossangoa and Vice President of the CAR Catholic Bishops Conference is an advocate for peace. At the height of the conflict, he housed some 40,000 people in his church compound, the Catholic Mission, in Bossangoa when their town was attacked by Seleka rebels.
In April 2013, Bishop Nestor along with three parish priests, was abducted by Seleka rebels. They were later released at the order of a Seleka commander.
Conflict broke out in CAR in late 2012, and thousands have since been killed and hundreds of thousands more displaced, either in CAR or outside of its borders. Though motivated by economic and political factors, the violence has taken on dangerous religious dimensions.
CRS works in CAR to provide critical humanitarian assistance to thousands of people, including food, shelter, seeds and tools as well as intensive training in social cohesion and reconciliation.