Central African Republic

People angered by an attack on a church ...People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui hold a sign (L) reading "No! To Burundian MISCA" as they protest near a barricade of burning tyres in the Bea-Rex district of Bangui on May 29, 2014. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on May 28 in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, a military source said. Deeply impoverished Central Africa has been in crisis since the Seleka alliance seized power in a March 2013 coup led by Michael Djotodia. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

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People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui, the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, take part in a protest. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on Wednesday, a military source said 

Protesters carry a man who was shot by French soldiers after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari

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An injured man is carried by protesters who were shot at by French soldiers as they blocked a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, on Thursday

Women and children prepare to flee with their belongings following incidents of sectarian insecurity close to the town of Grimari May 7, 2014. Inter-communal violence has gripped the former French colony since late 2012 when a struggle power degenerated into fighting between Muslims and Christian militias.

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Women and children prepare to flee with their belongings following incidents of sectarian violence close to the town of Grimari on Wednesday in the Central African Republic

An internally displaced Muslim boy looks out of a house in the town of Boda April 15, 2014.

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An internally displaced Muslim boy looks out of a house in the town of Boda in the Central African Republic

A member of anti-balaka, a Christian militia, looks on in the village of Zawa...A member of the anti-balaka, a Christian militia, looks on in the village of Zawa April 8, 2014.   REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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A member of the anti-balaka, a Christian militia, looks on in the village of Zawa, Central African Republic 

A Muslim girl takes refuge in a Koranic school in the majority Muslim neighbourhood "5 Kilo," in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 24, 2014. About 50 Muslims are displaced in the school waiting to be moved to a safer location.

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A Muslim girl takes refuge in a Koranic school in the majority Muslim neighbourhood 5 Kilo, in Bangui, Central African Republic. About 50 Muslims are displaced in the school waiting to be moved to a safer location.

A boy stands on an airplane in the Christian Mpoko refugee camp

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A boy stands on an airplane in the Christian Mpoko refugee camp during sunset, in Bangui, Central African Republic.

French troops of the "Operation Sangaris" man a position at a checkpoint in Bangui's PK12 area, Central African Republic, on February 18, 2014. Eight people, including six civilians, have been killed in a firefight between African peacekeepers and fighters from the mainly Christian "anti-balaka" militia, a police source said on February 18.

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Operation Sangaris French troops man a position at a checkpoint in Bangui’s PK12 area, Central African Republic

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - FEBRUARY 12:  Muslim families seek shelter under an aeroplane at Bangui Airport in Central African Republic (CAR) following the violence which makes ten of thousands of citizens displaced in the country on February 11, 2014.

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Muslim families seek shelter under an aeroplane at Bangui Airport in Central African Republic (CAR) following the violence which makes ten of thousands of citizens displaced. 

A woman runs for cover as heavy gunfire erupts in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. In what a French soldier on the scene describes as the heaviest exchange of fire he'd seen since early December 2013, Muslim militias engaged Burundi troops who returned fire. A third source of firing remained unidentified. Fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues as French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed.

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A woman runs for cover as heavy gunfire erupts in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic. In what a French soldier on the scene describes as the heaviest exchange of fire he had seen since early December, Muslim militias engaged Burundi troops who returned fire.

A French soldier of Operation Sangaris asks a man to put down his hammer and shovel during a patrol in Bangui on January 29, 2014. Gunfire erupted on January 29 in Bangui, still plagued by looting despite the security operations of French and African soldiers, now awaiting the reinforcement of a European force whose engagement has been authorized by the United Nations.

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A French soldier of Operation Sangaris asks a man to put down his hammer and shovel during a patrol in Bangui. Gunfire erupted on Wednesday in the Central African Republic capital, which remains plagued by looting despite the security operations of French and African soldiers, now awaiting the reinforcement from a European force whose engagement has been authorised by the UN.

Christian residents jubilate as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, to relocate and join other Selekas at the PK11camp. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.  We are free! This is our new year!  they shouted. Seleka became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

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Christian residents jubilate as Séléka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, to relocate and join other Sélékas at the PK11camp. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds who gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.

An anti-balaka militiaman poses for a photograph on the outskirts of the capital of the Central African Republic Bangui. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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An armed anti-balaka militiaman poses on the outskirts of the capital Bangui in the Central African Republic

Displaced people raise their ha...TOPSHOTS Displaced people raise their hands as they wait for food distribution, near Mpoko Bangui's airport where 100.000 people have found shelter on January 8, 2014. Strife-torn Central African Republic is heading for a humanitarian disaster, a Unicef official warned on January 9, calling for urgent action to prevent deadly diseases from spreading in overcrowded refugee camps.   AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

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Displaced people raise their hands as they wait for food distribution, near Mpoko Bangui’s airport where 100.000 people have found shelter. Strife-torn Central African Republic is heading for a humanitarian disaster, a Unicef official warned on January 9, calling for urgent action to prevent deadly diseases from spreading in overcrowded refugee camps. 

People gather in the Christian ...TOPSHOTS People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, on December 18, 2013.   The Christian camp is on one side, the Muslim camp on another, separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes, a no man's land swirling with bitterness, rumours and accusations .AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOURFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. Christians and Muslims used to live to together in relative harmony in Bossangoa, but now religious tensions are high and the two sides live in camps separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes. 

People queue to receive aid near a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Bangui on December 13, 2013. Aid workers warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African capital as the UN said more than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the past week and tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection have fled their homes.

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People queue to receive aid near a camp for internally displaced persons in Bangui on Friday. Aid workers warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic capital as the UN said more than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the past week and tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection have fled their homes.

A child sits next to barbed wire as people stand in a refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, after fleeing violence.

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A child sits next to barbed wire as people stand in a refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, after fleeing violence

A man gives informations about ex-seleka rebels to a French soldier in Combattant neighborhood near Bangui's airport, on December 9, 2013. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.

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A man gives information about ex-Séléka rebels to a French soldier in a Combattant neighborhood near Bangui’s airport. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.

Soldiers patrol on December 5, 2013 in a street of Bangui

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Soldiers patrol the streets of Bangui as shots ring out and blasts from heavy weapons rock several districts of the Central African Republic capital on Thursday morning amid communal tensions ahead of a UN vote authorising force to stop the country’s descent into chaos.