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    Urge US President Obama to act immediately to bring an end to this ethnic cleansing.

    In late October 2013, Amnesty International raised alarm bells about an impeding human rights crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    The country began spiraling out of control months earlier when a coalition of armed groups known as Seleka launched an offensive against former President Francois Bozizé in December 2012, and seized power in March 2013. Seleka forces attacked, tortured and executed civilians, indiscriminately shelled communities, and forcefully recruited thousands of child soldiers.

    The violence has displaced upwards of 400,000 people and taken on an inter-religious aspect in some areas. The disbanding of the Seleka coalition – ordered by the transitional authority – led to further instability. Both Christian and Muslim civilians have come under attack as rival militias engage in revenge attacks. Peacekeepers deployed at end the end of 2013 have struggled to protect civilians as the violence spreads beyond the capital Bangui.

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