Central African Republic's Sectarian Civil War

James Verini, Slate - September 2, 2014

The Associated Press

Until last year the Central African Republic had never known full-scale civil war. Unlike in nearby Nigeria or Mali, where jihadist insurgencies have brought to a boil already-simmering religious tensions, or in its neighbor Sudan, where Muslims and Christians have long been at odds, Central Africans of different faiths have lived together peaceably for centuries. Its population was devastated by the Arab slave trade, but, unlike other sub-Saharan Africans, Central Africans don’t seem to hold a grudge.

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