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Sectarian bloodletting returns to the Central African Republic

Sectarian bloodletting returns to the Central African Republic
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An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic has seen hundreds flee the capital Bangui. The increase in bloodletting has prompted Pope

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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.

If #CARcrisis vote is held before militias r disarmed, fighting might resume: @ForeignPolicyhttps://t.co/hlDYKseoylpic.twitter.com/wNknxya5S4

— Birgit Schwarz (@BirgitMSchwarz) October 29, 2015

In response Christian militia known as anti-Balaka carried out bloody reprisals. The country is now split into Christian and Muslim communities.

Centrafrique : sept morts dans de nouvelles violences à Bangui https://t.co/EvnC7e7TOtpic.twitter.com/HpvGvjiPmG

— FRANCE 24 Afrique (@F24Afrique) October 27, 2015

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

Growing anger at UN peacekeepers in Centr Afr'n Rep for insufficiently protecting civilians. https://t.co/NbeVJj6Tf0pic.twitter.com/qWuIah34WH

— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 30, 2015

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

Plongée dans les rues de Bambari, symbole du chaos centrafricain https://t.co/glURPecNQ2pic.twitter.com/9MuDyGIIUD

— SlateAfrique (@SlateAfrique) October 29, 2015

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

Bottom 10 countries in #ProsperityIndex 2015 – Central African Republic again last, six out of 10 in #Africapic.twitter.com/kkIYgcae2M

— Legatum Institute (@LegatumInst) November 2, 2015

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