Central African Republic Crisis
National Red Cross workers shovel and transport faeces and rubbish that has built up around the residence of a church sheltering IDPs at the residence of Archbishop Nzapalaingao in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) on December 11 2013. Caritas coordinated support including food and shelter items to displaced people who come from the neighbourhoods surrounding the Bishop's residence. On the morning of Thursday 5th, December Christian anti-balika militants entered the city and attacked Seleka rebels. Over the days that followed hundreds of people were killed. The Seleka made up of a muslim majority with many of the rebels originating from northern Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad brought to power a new president Michel Djotodia, a former Seleka leader in a March 24, 2013 coup. The political establishment has failed to control the armed group that has wreaked havoc, including murdering, looting and burning of villages on the civilian population with mass displacements resulting
throughout 2013. A 1600 strong French force deployed to the country is supporting African Union peacekeepers and attempting to disarm the rival Christian and Muslim fighters in the country.
- Sam Phelps / Catholic Relief Services
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