Central African Republic crisis

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The Central African Republic spiraled into chaos in March when the Seleka fighters overthrew President Francois Bozize and brought Michel Djotodia to power.  Bozizé fled the country after his ouster.

On September 13, Djotodia dissolved the Seleka coalition. Some of the rebels later joined the country’s regular army while some defied.

Last week, Amnesty International says that clashes between the Seleka rebels and the anti-Balaka militiamen had left about 1,000 people dead in Bangui two weeks ago.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on December 13 that more than 600 people were killed over the course of seven days in the Central African capital of Bangui and other parts of the country.

But in recent weeks, so called Balaka rebels from the Christian majority have been slaughtering Muslim civilians, prompting a tit for tat violence, which has claimed over 400 lives this week.

While the US has committed $40 million to support African troops, the French say their troops are merely there in a supportive role.

But given that the conflict has taken on a religious nature some analysts are suspicious that the intervention won’t be even handed. They’re also concerned that the French are still out to protect their interest in CAR’s large mineral deposits. So, will this move help to stop what some have called genocide, or will it make matters even worse?


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