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Ousmane Hamidou and Pulchrie Kossy standing among the Muslim women and children who crowd the floor of a Catholic Church in Boali. The priest gave them sanctuary from Christian vigillante groups seeking to attack and kill Muslims in response to the 2013 Seleka rebellion. Pulchrie is a Christian and being married to a Muslim man has joined them as she would also be a target of the CHristian vigillantes. Seleka, a predominantly Muslim rebel group led by Michel Djotodia, toppled the government of President Francios Bozize. Djotodia declared that Seleka would be disbanded but as law and order collapsed the ex-Seleka fighters roamed the country committing atrocities against the civilian population. In response a vigillante group, calling themselves Anti-Balaka (Anti-Machete), sought to defend their lives and property but they then began to take reprisals against the Muslim population and the conflict became increasingly sectarian. French and Chadian peacekeeping forces have struggled to contain the situation and the smaller Muslim population began to flee the country.