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Sectarian bloodletting returns to the Central African Republic


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Sectarian bloodletting returns to the Central African Republic

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic has seen hundreds flee the capital Bangui.

The increase in bloodletting has prompted Pope Francis to announce his visit to the country later this month is now in doubt.

The CAR has been in turmoil since the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels staged a coup) in 2013.


In response Christian militia known as anti-Balaka carried out bloody reprisals.

The country is now split into Christian and Muslim communities.


Mob violence continues and the President Catherine Samba-Panza has denounced the role of UN peacekeepers saying they have failed to halt the killings.

Samba-Panza faces a dilemma her mandate ends on December 31 and she hopes to stage a election.

However a campaign now could pour petrol onto an already volatile situation.

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