How a Conflict Economy Limits the Prospects for Peace in Central African Republic

Muslim herders walk through a market, Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic Feb. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Muslim herders walk through a market, Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic Feb. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
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According to Human Rights Watch, a new rebel group in the Central African Republic—known as Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation—has killed at least 50 people and displaced over 17,000 in the northwest of the country since late 2015. In an email interview, Igor Acko, a program specialist for the United States Institute for Peace based in Bangui, discusses the security situation in CAR. WPR: What are the main rebel groups in the Central African Republic, and who makes up their support bases? Igor Acko: The armed groups in the Central African Republic fall under two main categories: the Seleka and the Anti-Balaka. […]

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