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What framework can we use to bring peace and stability in Central Africa Republic?
The Central Africa Republic has been in a situation of an emergency humanitarian assistance since December, 2013. It started with the ousting of former president Francois Bozize from power by the ‘’Seleka rebels’’ in December 2013. What started as a rebel coalition against an autocratic, corrupted, nepotistic government was now descending along religious divide. The anti Balaka, a Christian group in retaliation, started attacking and killing Muslims, looting of shops, destruction of public places of worship which had displaced and killed thousands of innocent civilians according to UNSAID. The displaced population is seeking refuge in neighboring countries like Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Chad and many of the refugees are living in deplorable conditions according to media report. Atrocities in the conflict is triggered by both the anti-Balaka and Seleka rebels and human rights groups are calling for investigation of the crimes, so that the perpetrators can be taken to court for crimes against humanity. Many are accusing the former colonial master France for ‘’ escalating the conflict’’ in the CAR, her position when she arrived the country was critical. They didn’t really serve as peace keepers. However, despite international efforts to resolve the conflict, the situation remains fragile, there is still the looting of public and private property, massive rape, arrest, torture, displacements of families, and recruitment of child soldiers and violation of international humanitarian laws by both side. Fleeing the country is another risk because many have been murdered along the way while trying to escape. Many families have been separated, children as young as 3 to 7 years abandoned along the way.