Bible translator Elisee Zama Killed in Central African Republic

By Carlton Cook On December 8, 2013

A Bible translator in war-ravaged Central African Republic (CAR) was shot and killed this week as he attempted to escape mounting violence in Bangui, according to Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Elisée Zama, who served as a translator with ACATBA, Wycliffe's partner organization in CAR, was shot as he was transporting family members to the relative safety of a hospital compound.

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Violence began intensifying in CAR following a coup in March 2013. Many humanitarian organizations have withdrawn from the country or cut back services and government health clinics have largely been abandoned.

"Reprisals against Christians in particular in Bangui are of great concern," said Larry Robbins with SIL, a Wycliffe partner in CAR.

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