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Sectarian bloodletting returns to the Central African Republic

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Sectarian bloodletting returns to the Central African Republic

<p>An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic has seen hundreds flee the capital Bangui.</p> <p>The increase in bloodletting has prompted Pope Francis to announce his visit to the country later this month is now in doubt. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">CAR</span> has been in turmoil since the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels staged a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_African_Republic_Civil_War_(2012%E2%80%93present">coup</a>) in 2013.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CARcrisis?src=hash">#CARcrisis</a> vote is held before militias r disarmed, fighting might resume: <a href="https://twitter.com/ForeignPolicy">@ForeignPolicy</a> <a href="https://t.co/hlDYKseoyl">https://t.co/hlDYKseoyl</a> <a href="https://t.co/wNknxya5S4">pic.twitter.com/wNknxya5S4</a></p>— Birgit Schwarz (@BirgitMSchwarz) <a href="https://twitter.com/BirgitMSchwarz/status/659634989265526784">October 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> In response Christian militia known as anti-Balaka carried out bloody reprisals.</p> <p>The country is now split into Christian and Muslim communities. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Centrafrique : sept morts dans de nouvelles violences à Bangui <a href="https://t.co/EvnC7e7TOt">https://t.co/EvnC7e7TOt</a> <a href="https://t.co/HpvGvjiPmG">pic.twitter.com/HpvGvjiPmG</a></p>— FRANCE 24 Afrique (@F24Afrique) <a href="https://twitter.com/F24Afrique/status/659081152750206976">October 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> Mob violence continues and the President Catherine Samba-Panza has denounced the role of UN peacekeepers saying they have failed to halt the killings. <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Growing anger at UN peacekeepers in Centr Afr'n Rep for insufficiently protecting civilians. <a href="https://t.co/NbeVJj6Tf0">https://t.co/NbeVJj6Tf0</a> <a href="https://t.co/qWuIah34WH">pic.twitter.com/qWuIah34WH</a></p>— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) <a href="https://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/660133279958474752">October 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> Samba-Panza faces a dilemma her mandate ends on December 31 and she hopes to stage a election.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Plongée dans les rues de Bambari, symbole du chaos centrafricain <a href="https://t.co/glURPecNQ2">https://t.co/glURPecNQ2</a> <a href="https://t.co/9MuDyGIIUD">pic.twitter.com/9MuDyGIIUD</a></p>— SlateAfrique (@SlateAfrique) <a href="https://twitter.com/SlateAfrique/status/659744201031176196">October 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>However a campaign now could pour petrol onto an already volatile situation. <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bottom 10 countries in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProsperityIndex?src=hash">#ProsperityIndex</a> 2015 – Central African Republic again last, six out of 10 in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Africa?src=hash">#Africa</a> <a href="https://t.co/kkIYgcae2M">pic.twitter.com/kkIYgcae2M</a></p>— Legatum Institute (@LegatumInst) <a href="https://twitter.com/LegatumInst/status/661134487800160256">November 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>