Central African Republic: Political Revolution or Religious Genocide
13 noviembre, 2013
What seemed to be a coup to overthrow President Francois Bozize has now become a national conflict between Muslims and Christians. The country’s turmoil began on March 22nd when the Seleka, a coalition of rebel groups took over the government and placed Michel Djotodia as president.
The Central African Republic has been fighting instability since its independence from France in 1960. The Central African Republic is one of the poorest and most undeveloped country in the world even though it has a considerable amount of agricultural water and mineral resources. Corruption, and illegal weapons roam throughout the country. This has led to several coups one following another adding to the instability of the country. On March 2013 the most recent coup occurred when the Seleka took over.
New president Michel Djotodia says he is determined to dissolve this rebel group. Although it is highly unlikely he will dissolve what put him in power. In the capital city Bangui many soldiers and officers are present which gives the impression of stability but as soon as you travel away from the city one can just tell the terrible situation the country is in.
Where both Muslim and Christian communities lived peacefully, and made business together there is now violence and death. There is not only death, but rape, child soldier recruitment and weapon proliferation are also present. The Islamist rebel group Senekal is inciting this violence. Both communities are being killed and hundreds of Christians and Muslims are forced to leave the country or live in refugee camps. Many villages have been deserted or burned.
The United Nations is worried the conflict will evolve into a religious genocide. The United Nations have been working with the country since 2007 and is planning to send hundreds of troops to help the country. The African Union is also planning a 3600-member peacekeeping mission, but it is unlikely that it will be operational before 2014.