Amnesty International warns of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Central African Republic

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Rights group Amnesty International has said that attempts to purge Muslims from parts of the war-torn Central African Republic have prompted a Muslim exodus of historic proportions.

The group says that international peacekeepers have failed to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians in the western part of the Central African Republic.

According to CNN the Central African Republic, a former French colony was plunged into chaos last year after a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels dubbed Seleka ousted President Francois Bozize.

“They have since been forced out of power, but Christian militias, known as the anti-balaka, which translates as anti-machete have been allowed to fill the power vacuum”, the rights group said.

“Anti-balaka militias are carrying out violent attacks in an effort to ethnically cleanse Muslims in the Central African Republic. The result is a Muslim exodus of historic proportions”, it added.

Amnesty International also said that international peacekeepers in the country must do more to protect Muslim communities and rein in the anti-balaka militias.

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