Image 1 of 1
A man, his sons, their pet cat and their belongings wait, with other residents, to be evacuated from a Muslim district of the capital where they are surrounded by potentially hostile Christian neighbours. They have been under the protection of the French army while they wait. In 2013 a rebellion by a predominantly Muslim rebel group Seleka, 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 Seleka 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.