By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (ANS) -- On March 25, HCJB Global learned that its partner radio station operated by Integrated Community Development International (ICDI) in the Central African Republic (CAR) is off the air after a weekend coup.
Radio ICDI (via ICDI).
The Washington Post's Gene Thorp said CAR is is a country in Africa. It's about the size of Texas with a population the size of Kentucky's (about 4.4 million people), and an economy smaller than that of Gadsden, Ala. Per person, it is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has experienced poverty, instability and violence.
According to an emailed prayer request from HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson made available to the ASSIST News Service, looters stole all three of the station's computers and the soundboard.
According to ICDI's website, "Radio ICDI can be heard by villagers across the country, giving ICDI the perfect means to communicate information on AIDS prevention, orphan care, well repair programs, and many other community development initiatives."
ICDI staff members were forced to abandon the compound as the conflict escalated.
HCJB said there were reports of shooting near some of ICDI's other facilities. Looters also stole three of the mission's vehicles. It has been unsafe to be out in pubic. However, all ICDI staff members are reportedly safe at this point.
Pederson wrote, "Please pray for the safety of our friends, and their ongoing ministry of ICDI and HCJB Global in CAR during this volatile time."
ICDI works collaboratively, in long-term partnership, with communities in central Africa, empowering people with sustainable access to clean water, transformational sanitation principles, and improved agricultural resources.
For more information go to http://icdinternational.org/radio/
To learn more about CAR and the coup, go to www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/03/26/9-questions-about-the-central-african-republic-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/