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Tens of thousands of people in the Central African Republic have fled their homes in recent weeks amid assaults on cities and towns by an armed opposition coalition.
An estimated 100,000 people have been freshly displaced since mid-December, when rebel groups loyal to former president Francois Bozize formed the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) to challenge the government of President Faustin-Archange Touadera in the run-up to a December 27 election. The CPC was angered by the Constitutional Court’s decision to reject Bozize’s election candidacy due to an outstanding international arrest warrant against him for alleged crimes against humanity.
The same court eventually declared Touadera the winner of the election, more than three weeks after a vote in which only 35 percent of registered voters cast a ballot amid a dire security situation. But while Touadera has called for national reconciliation the rebels have continued to launch attacks, and the country is now in a state of emergency.
We’ll ask a panel of experts what may happen next, and what’s needed to help solve a worsening humanitarian and security crisis.
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In This Story: Central African Republic
The Central African Republic, or Centrafrique, is a landlocked country in Central Africa.
It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the southeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south, the Republic of the Congo to the southwest and Cameroon to the west. The CAR covers a land area of about 620,000 square kilometres (240,000 sq mi) and had an estimated population of around 4.7 million as of 2018.
As of 2020, the CAR is the scene of a civil war, ongoing since 2012.