- happening now March 29
Violence first erupted in December when a group of Muslim rebels, known as Seleka, overthrew the Central African Republic's government. But, as Krista Larson reports for The Associated Press, the bloodshed didn't end when Seleka was forced from power only a month later. Christian civilians, who had been brutalized under the regime, then turned on their Muslim neighbors.
Larson details a country in which nearly 300,000 people have already fled the violence. Yet thousands more, especially in Muslim communities, are trapped in their small neighborhoods, with no way of crossing dangerous areas to escape the war zones.
Read Larson's whole story over at The Associated Press — it's worth your time.
And see the images below, a reminder that for some, fleeing is not even an option. --Sarah Eberspacher
March 5: Children play outside a mosque in the besieged town of Boda. | (AP Photo/Krista Larson)
Feb. 23: Muslims pray at a Catholic church, where they were hiding, in the town of Carnot. Christian militiamen discovered the families. | (AP Photo/Krista Larson)
March 19: A boy sits next to a street-side kiosk near Kilometer 12, the last checkpoint out of capital city Bangui, where many Muslims are stranded. (REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)
Feb. 7: Thousands of Muslims flee Bangui in a mass exodus. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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