In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014

  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014
  • In Central African Republic, Diamonds Fuel A Cycle of Violence and Poverty, Sept 2014

"Central African Republic has become a nation whose borders exist only on maps, where governmental authority is limited mostly to the 25 square miles occupied by the capital, Bangui, if that.

Two years ago, mainly Muslim militias, known collectively as the Seleka, seized power, then plundered the country: from precious – diamonds, gold and ivory – to mundane – guns, cars, office supplies and food. A group of mainly Christian and animist militias later retaliated, and drove the Seleka into the countryside.

Today, CAR is less a country than a collection of fiefdoms, ruled by gang-like armed groups, where religious, military, political and ethnic factions struggle for anything that might yield revenue.

It’s a state “that has long ceased to exist,” the International Crisis Group said in a report earlier this year."

Taken during 2014-09-13 - 2014-09-19
Source VOA/Bagassi Koura
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