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Sectarian Conflict in the Central African Republic

Years: 2012-2013
Battle deaths: 360 [1]
Non-state conflict, battle-deaths: 1,282 [3]
Onesided violence: 4,093 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]
Central African Republic

Published: 2014-08-13 01:11:34 | Altered: 2016-04-05 09:14:38
This armed conflict did not reach the intensity of war in 2013, but has been included in the list because of the level of onesided violence against civilians by several actors.

UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia

The conflicts over government in Central African Republic (CAR) have been generated by a mix of political, ethnic and religious issues and have been fuelled by the easy access to guns acquired across the border in Chad and Sudan. The country has seen many coups and attempted coups in 1993 Patasse became the first democratically elected President of the country. He inherited an army largely made up of ethnic opponents to him. With backing from Chad, Bozize took over power in a coup 2003. His rule saw many rebellions and peace attempts but he was finally ousted in March 2013 by the Seleka alliance.

The Liberville agreement of January 2013 failed to solve the conflict between President Bozize and the Seleka Alliance. The former was ousted in March and the Seleka leader Djotodia took office but was forced to resign in January 2014 due to the sectarian violence that had spread over the country.

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: 2014-08-13) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v.5-2015 (link) (1989-2014) ID: #222
Low: 336 High: 448

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v 1.4-2015 (1989-2014) (link) including actors: Government of Central African Republic, FPR - BL, FPRC, anti-Balaka, UPC
Low: 3,629 High: 4,616

[3] UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v. 2.5-2015, 1989-2014 (link) including dyads: Christians (CAR) vs Muslims (CAR), anti-Balaka vs FPRC, anti-Balaka vs UPC
Low: 1,228 High: 1,541

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