Violence in Central African Republic takes on sectarian dimension

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Violence in the Central African Republic has reached frightening proportions. According to aid organizations a frightening number of people edging towards a million people have been displaced.

The 935, 000 displaced persons are taking shelter in bushes. Schools and churches have been converted to makeshift shelters for the swelling number of displaced persons.

According to United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR, 60% of the displaced people in the capital, Bangui are children.

The violence consuming the country started in March, 2013 when the Muslim-backed Seleka rebels and other rebels from the marginalized northeast led by Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize. Michel Djotoda made himself president.

The Seleka rebels have gone on to kill Christian civilians mostly women and children. In turn, a Christian militia group known as anti-balaka has been targeting Muslims visiting vengeance on them.

It is a sectarian war in the Central African Republic as both groups wreak havoc in cities across the country.

As always the African Union is yet to find an African solution to the violence in the country.

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