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The blood diamond trade is tearing the Central African Republic apart


A man displays a rough diamond, from the Boda region, for sale in Bangui, CAR, May 1, 2014.	(Reuters/Stringer)

The Central African Republic (CAR)—one of the poorest countries in the world—has been embroiled in intense religious conflict since Dec. 2012. Fighting between the predominantly Muslim rebels (known as the Séléka) and Christian/animist anti-balaka militia broke out when the former accused Christian president François Bozizé of violating peace agreements laid down in 2007 and 2011. The Séléka supplanted Bozizé with their own president, Michel Djotodia, from Mar. 2013 to Jan. 2014; though he has since been replaced by two acting presidents—currently, former mayor of Bangui, Catherine Samba-Panza.

Conflict has continued into 2015, marred by reports of massacrescommitted by the anti-balakas against Muslims (which constitute roughly 15% of the national population). Click here to read the full report.

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