Cycle of Revenge

William Daniels

A Christian man strikes the shell of a car next to a burned-out mosque in Bangui.

For the Christian militias in the Central African Republic, it is the time for revenge. Since last fall, the groups — called anti-balaka , or antimachete, in the Sango language — have been hunting down members of the mainly Muslim rebels who toppled the government in March and then went on a violent rampage for much of the year. The rebels, known as Seleka, targeted mainly Christians and continued their pillaging and killing even after their leader, Michel Djotodia, dissolved the group in September. On Jan. 23, days after Djotodia resigned as President, Catherine Samba-Panza, the then mayor of the...

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