“Ethnic cleansing” of Muslims has been carried out in the western part of the Central African Republic since early January 2014. As reported in this briefing, entire Muslim communities have been forced to flee, and hundreds of Muslim civilians who have not managed to escape have been killed by the loosely organised militias known as anti-balaka. The urgency of the situation demands a robust and immediate response. In order to protect the remaining Muslim communities in the Central African Republic, international peacekeeping forces must take rapid steps to break anti-balaka control over the country’s road network.
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