CHAMPAGNE- Short Paper #2 - Short Paper#2 Shi Neece Champagne Minority-Dominant Relations/Fall 2015 Dr Campbell-Jeffrey November 6 2015 Introduction The

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Short Paper #2 Shi’ Neece Champagne Minority-Dominant Relations/Fall 2015 Dr. Campbell-Jeffrey November 6, 2015
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Introduction The violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is a complex conflict that has unfueled in several different stages. What started out as a power struggle soon became a religious war. The two groups involved in the heinous war are a rebel group of mainly Muslims known as the Seleka and rival militias known as Anti-Balaka, a group made up of mainly Christians. Starting at the end of 2012, in December to be exact, the Seleka plunged into the Central African Republic, Bangui, seeking to overthrow President François Bozizé and replace him with rebel leader Michel Djotodia as the new and acting president. Within months, the Seleka rebels were able to overthrow Bozizé and replace him with Djotodia. Several months following their take over, self-proclaimed president Djotodia eventually loses control over the Seleka rebels. Once the Seleka rebels claimed power, they campaigned terror on the population which included executions, indiscriminate killings, burning of villages and rape. These events caused a Christian defense militias-the Anti-Balaka- to form; in hope of protecting the members of the country’s Christian majority. However, that plan didn’t go accordingly. Many of the Anti-Balaka militias’ main purpose was to protect the Christian communities but some of the anti-militias focused on attacking Muslim communities in the Central African Republic. “Although many Christian and Muslim communities lived as friends and neighbors before the war, the conflict became coded in religious terms and vicious inter-communal violence between Christian and Muslim groups broke out (Agger & Day).” The violent events has left about six-thousand people dead, about a million of the population displaced and about four hundred thousand refugees (Council on Foreign Relations). Eventually the Anti-Balaka
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