A year ago, the Central African Republic was on the brink of disaster. Muslim militias from the north had led a 2013 coup d’état that resulted in organized killing and violence, primarily against Christian civilians. Christian militias formed and began brutal revenge attacks upon the Muslim minority, displacing hundreds of thousands of people through ethnic cleansing campaigns. Since independence, Christians and Muslims had more or less peacefully coexisted, though the Christian majority held more political power and Muslim merchants controlled lucrative trades. The country had never seen civilians massacred on the streets solely because of their religious identity, and was in a state of shock.
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