An unabated violence between Christians and Muslims has plagued the Central African Republic since a coup by Seleka fighters to overthrow former president, Francois Bozize in March 2013.
Thousands of Muslims have fled Bangui during the past several months to escape killing, looting and harassment by anti-balaka Christian militia.
The brutalities began to escalate when the country’s first Muslim leader, Michel Djotodia, stepped down and went into exile last month.
The French government has dispatched thousands of troops to the country, but they have appeared to be unable to prevent inter-communal clashes that erupted after Christian militias attacked the mostly Muslim Seleka group.
Thousands are dead and nearly one million are displaced, in a country of only 4.5 million people. The United Nations has estimated that about two million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
On this week’s INfocus, we travel to CAR to see how international forces are using violence to re-colonize the country and how ethnic tensions are being stirred up.