Hundreds of people in the Central African Republic have gathered in the capital Bangui to call for peace.
The demonstration comes as negotiators prepare for talks to bring an end to a conflict between the northern rebel group, Seleka and government forces.
Seleka want longstanding President Francois Bozize to stand down and have threatened to march on the capital.
Violence erupted in December, when rebel forces accused the president of reneging on a peace deal.
Troops from the African Union have been mobilised in an attempt to keep the both sides apart.
The UN has expressed fears that opposition and pro-government militias are using children to fight, transport supplies and serve as sex-slaves.
Peacetalks are set to take place in Libreville, Gabon on Tuesday.