Islamists beat Francois and broke two of his ribs when they attacked his village.
Francios Tawoura, a blind 58-year-old widower, said that when Islamists attacked his village, his inability to see prevented him from fleeing with his neighbors.
The militants eventually found him and beat him, breaking two ribs. “I can’t forget this terrible moment for me,” Francios said. “But the Word of God asks us to forgive our neighbors, even if they have wronged us.” In recent years, as many as 70,000 Christians have fled violence in the southeastern part of the Central African Republic.