Rwandan peacekeepers arrive in Central African Republic

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The first peacekeepers from Rawnda arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) on board a US military plane on Thursday where fighting between Muslims and Christians has left thousands of people dead.

Rwanda has pledged more than 800 peacekeepers toward the African mission, which right now has almost 4,500 troops.

The aid from the Rwandans is particularly significant: the international community wants to prevent the CAR from becoming a repeat of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The former French colony descended into chaos after a mostly Muslim rebel coalition, Seleka, seized power in March, unleashing a wave of killings and looting that sparked revenge attacks by a Christian “anti-balaka” militia.

More than a million people have been displaced by the violence.

As the humanitarian crisis deepens in this country without a government, it is far from clear what will happen next.