Minority Muslim community of the Central African Republic has been subject to sectarian violence, since the uprising by Christian militia in December 2013.
Tens of thousands of Muslims are fleeing to neighboring countries by plane and truck as Christian militias stage brutal attacks, shattering the social fabric of this war-ravaged nation.
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. Moreover, Human Rights Watch has warned the Muslim community will disappear if killings are not stopped.
The brutalities began to escalate when the country’s first Muslim leader, Michel Djotodia, stepped down and went into exile last month.
Djotodia, who had seized power in a coup last March, had been under pressure from regional leaders to resign. His departure was meant to bring stability to this poor country, but humanitarian and human rights workers say there is more violence now than at any time since the coup.
In this edition of the The Debate we discuss about the root causes of the humanitarian catastrophe in the Central African Republic.